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Jeff Koons Designs Mouton 2010 label
Koons is the latest in a long line of artists to create an original work for the château, which has commissioned avant-garde artists to design its labels since 1945. Owner and long time art lover Baroness Philippine de Rothschild commissioned the Pennsylvania-born sculptor to create the label. In his design, Koons works over a Pompeii fresco of The Birth of Venus with a silver line drawing of a ship sailing under a bright sun. [Read more on The Drinks Business]
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A1: On the Stunning Exodus of Damien Hirst, Yayoi Kasuma, and Jeff Koons, and More Art News
Imagine if Tom Cruise had been suddenly and dramatically abandoned this June by not only his wife Katie Holmes but also two other wives, say Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz. Adjusted to the dimensions of the art world, that might generate about the scale of perfervid speculation and bug-eyed interest that we saw explode around Gagosian Gallery this week when Damien Hirst joined Jeff Koons and Yayoi Kusama in an extraordinary defection of titanic mega-artists from the blue-chip gallery. What’s going on here? In Hirst’s case, at least, there are multiple possible motives. [Read the full story and weekly round up of art news on Artspace here]
Marc Dennis: Guns, Koons, and Kitsch
This weekend Artspace went to the Marc Dennis exhibition Honey Bunny at Hasted Kraeutler, the Chelsea gallery that represents him. I had previously only seen the Artspace print Honey Bunny, which is awesome, and I was thrilled to see the whole series from which it comes. The paintings are so smooth and realistic that they look like photographs. There were a lot of paintings of hanging meat, but since I’m a vegetarian, I enjoyed the guns more (even though I’m a pacifist). I don’t know if it’s just the title, Honey Bunny, or the aesthetic of kitsch combined with violence, but for me, these works have a Pulp Fiction vibe. If you have the chance, I definitely recommend stopping by the show! –CAROLINE
Jessie dug the kitten.
You can buy this print on Artspace! It looks so cool framed.
Honey Bunny, 2011
by Marc Dennis
This print is all-together strange. It features the ultimate girly-girl items - pearls and lingerie - amalgamated with a handgun and with a man’s brown leather shoe. Rabbit, the late-1980s stainless steel sculpture by Jeff Koons, appears on the right side of the work. Thus, sex and violence are the predominant themes in Honey Bunny. Perhaps this is in reference to the Freudian notion that the human obsession with pain and sexual aggression are intertwined at the forefront of our thoughts. Throwing in Koons, the king of American consumerism and materialistic motifs, transforms this work from reading as a strictly psychoanalytic (and mildly disturbing) work and instead gives it a cultural background. The Koons insertion alludes to a present-day setting - to America and the 80s. -LINDSAY