Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Jeff Koons speaks about his piece "New Hoover Convertibles...", the one that sold for $11,801,000 tonight at Christie's. If only I had this resource when I was teaching my BFAers about artist's statements in particular and the art world in general. Sex sells.

My husband was in bed with me when I was watching this, and he could not stop laughing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes a vacuum cleaner is just a vacuum cleaner in a lovely, pristine and well-lit Lucite case. But, I will never look at a Hoover without thinking "scrotum" again. Jeff Koons, on some strange level, is brilliant...and I am convinced that his career has to be one on-going piece of performance art.

(I will remember to mention Kierkegaard in my next artist statement, too).

9:35 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

There is a lot going on here. I agree that he is brilliant on some level. This was not one of his better interviews in terms of illuminating the motivation behind his work, but it is a selling tool, used by Christie's pre-auction. It is interesting to see what was emphasized when trying to appeal to collectors and motivate them to lift their paddles (or give the go-ahead by cell-phone).

11:33 AM  
Blogger libby said...

the interview feels like an SNL sketch. koons has always seemed like a brilliant art director, an idea guy who pays graphic designers to do the grunt work. he should me making ads for macintosh or volkswagen instead of art for museums.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Maricana said...

I couldn't sit through the whole thing without wanting to hurl. ACK

8:34 PM  

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