THE READER ‘OUTSIDER’ RAISES A FEW QUESTIONS AFTER WATCHING THIS WEEK’S ‘THE PILL’ ON JEFF KOONS AT THE WHITNEY:
‘I have some questions over Koons’s works: What is it about Koons that has so captured the art world’s imagination over the past three decades?
He borrowed ideas from his early heroes: Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol. Originality of inspiration is not part of Koons’s ethics. He made an industrial production of his works, and although critics often dislike his art, pieces such as the balloon dog have enduring fascination for collectors, and the one exhibited for years outside Venice’s Palazzo Grassi, overlooking the Grand Canal, became one of the watery city’s more endearing monuments.
He wanted to be rich with his art. And he did it. No one can blame this. I can’t find emotional release through his work, but he captured people’s attention. Perhaps he has the key for understanding this new market.
A prophet who sees the needs of this art period o a simple merchant? As entertainment or show business I enjoy his art, but passes quickly through my feelings. Beautiful review this “Pill” Thanks a lot.’