Sex and the City, Season 2 Episode 10 – “The Caste System”
Wiley Ford: How much for this piece?
Charlotte: The fire extinguisher? That’s a real fire extinguisher. For the gallery, in case there’s a fire.
Wiley Ford: I guess I’m a total idiot.
Charlotte: No, it happens all the time.
Charlotte: You can have it.
Charlotte: Take it.
Charlotte: You can say you got it at the gallery.
Charlotte: People will probably think it’s a Jeff Koons.
Wiley Ford: You are adorable.
I know I gripe every now and then about contemporary art and why/how creating a hot mess just to make a hot mess somehow constitutes as art and miraculously earns a spot in a museum (I know! Don’t hate me 🙂 ). Anyways, well here is an artist who does contemporary art justice — Jeff Koons. I know there are some who “just don’t get him,” but you really have to take into consideration the techniques and intentions behind his work. The scale, detail, layering, and unashamed brilliance to just “go there,” to me, is what makes him genius. For those not familiar with his work he is well known for his reproductions of banal objects—such as balloon animals produced in stainless steel with mirror-finish surfaces, but the breadth of his vision is so so so much more than that. I am trying my best to refrain from showing you everything at this exhibit — besides, any picture presented does not give the exhibit justice whatsoever — I encourage you to go see the work for yourself at the Whitney Museum. Each floor was like “wowzers” one after the other. Lights, mirrors, large scale, taboo pieces…right up my alley. I can’t tell you enough how inspired I was, it’s been a while since an exhibit made me that giddy on the inside. Please enjoy my pics, but more so, PLEASE GO AND EXPERIENCE IT FOR YOURSELF!
And here’s a little tip that one museum guard shared with us: On one of the floors there is a side room, tucked in the back. If you see this sign (below), you are headed the right way.
The pieces feature this lady and a friend. If you see her and her glorious electric blue mascara, congratulations you made it. We were told a lot of people miss this section and end up coming back to see it.
All imagery above © Kristin Aytona and © Ezequiel Leal
Me and my boo Ezequiel Leal 🙂