The sculpture is a nine-foot-tall, four-foot-thick Valentine's Day bauble suspended by a steel facsimile of a gold gift ribbon—which, along with the price tag, makes it the perfect art-world icon for the Bush era: a cloying cliché presented as profundity.
Much as the Bush administration has waved off an intimacy with Big Oil and professed down-home empathy for regular "folks," Koons likes to pretend that he's not an avatar of irony for billionaire collectors. No, he's a simple, straightforward guy who wants to make ordinary people happy.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Art In the Bush Era
Newsweek talks about Jeff Koons: