Saturday, November 28, 2009

Jeff Koons' lost puppy by Feinin 2009

Just a bag of hot air

Lost Puppy name Blue (uncoated) after Jeff Koons' Balloon Dog sculptures

According to Wikipedia, its entry relating to Jeff Koons states that one of his sculptures was auctioned off to the value of $25,000,000 dollars US at Christie's London in 2008. $25,000,000 versus 12 cents US. You decide, is the Art worth what it seems? Give the object no value, and you'll see right through it.

On a personal observation, Jeff Koons has earned every cent he had worked for although like my feinins of Damien Hirst,the devil raised his head. I lost a few bags in the process. "Money, how thou you lie so still"

"Among all the pieces that you have subjected to this dissection, I personally found that the Hirst spin art was least equipped to defend itself". Then what are the qualities necessary for an Art work to defend itself?


Anonymous said...

Well it depends on lots of things: - the concept behind the piece, the cost of the materials used, the reputation of the artist...
What you said is interesting though, "Give the object no value, and you'll see right through it." You remind us that value is often consciously "given" by the observer, society, the art world although we tend to assume that value is inherent in an object...well apart from the actual cost of the materials and labour. Sometimes that's where all the value is.

What you are doing is stripping away the material value by using low cost inputs, you are removing some givens like the artist's reputation, the fact that it may have been a commissioned piece with a captive appreciative audience. We can come away from what you produce either saying that the artist was a genius because even though you had stripped away all those things you demonstrated also that the concept was rich and relevant across time and societies. In other instances, this stripping shows us how much external rather than intrinsic value the piece had to begin with. Among all the pieces that you have subjected to this dissection, I personally found that the Hirst spin art was least equipped to defend itself...with a serious face anyway.

Anonymous said...

We live in a world where the artist competes with every other media, and for many, it is a hustle. I would suggest also looking at where Art can really go.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha! Good question! For me, because I don't consider myself an artist, I usually think that if I can make it without much thought, it's not art. A friend and I used to share this joke together when we used to go looking at craft items, if an item seemed simple enough, we'd dismiss it and say, "Oh, we can make that ourselves.' For me what separates the artist from a pleb like myself is his/her mind. This is where the concepts are born and are developed. Then the technical skill to manipulate whatever media towards the final presentation of this concept is another layer of genius. When I look at great art, I am never thinking, "Oh I could have done that myself." The genius that emanates from the work animates me and I humbly acknowledge a superior energy.


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