Koons in Chicago

Peter Schjeldahl in the New Yorker has written the perfect Jeff Koons review. Koons is being given a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The most revealing line from the piece:

“He [Koons] staked his budding penchant for expensively fabricated art by working as a commodities broker on Wall Street for six years.”

And the review in a nutshell:

“We might wish for a better artist to manifest our time, but that would probably amount to wanting a better time.”

Koons’s work is art in the same sense that a Coke can on a pedestal in a white room is art. Duchamp to Warhol to Koons. Without a better definition, we are left to the hustlers. Judge for yourself.


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