THEY ARE SO HUGE
THEIR SURFACES ARE SO EXQUISITE
INTRINSICALLY THEY ARE SO MEANINGLESS
EXTRINSICALLY THEY REVEAL SO MUCH . . . 
THAT THEY ARE BOBBLES FOR BILLIONAIRES
Carl Swanson wrote: Koons has made his name manufacturing toys for rich old boys—exacting pagan monuments to mass-culture triviality, like his stainless-steel balloon animals or vibrantly colored metallic Popeye, which he calls a self-portrait—and along with Damien Hirst and Takashi Murakami, he is one of a small group of power-Pop impresarios who helped define the aughts as an era of large-scale spectacle. And displayed wealth . . . The circle of collectors and dealers is so small and so awash in cash that the process can seem to an outsider a bit like a rigged game, in which a bad deal can be considerably more valuable than a good one. If you buy a giant balloon toy for $30 million, you may have spent a few million more than you had to or even expected to; but you’ve set the value of that work and also elevated the value of all of the balloon toys in your collection. Which is especially good, since there aren’t very many people who can afford to spend $30 million on a giant balloon toy, and those who can tend to take pleasure in cornering a market. 
http://www.vulture.com/2013/05/age-of-jeff-koons.html
http://www.gagosian.com/exhibitions/jeff-koons--may-11-2013

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studiojudith
Wrote three years ago
Bravo Mr. Swanson... . as well as @incogneato and, of course, @harrylyme .

incogneato
Wrote three years ago
Carl Swanson captures the phenomenon well. The analogy of a rigged game also reminds me of the banks trading and betting on Bad Debt. The great Money Wizards ... 'Ignore that man behind the curtain!'
 
Historically this great division of wealth has never worked out well for the wealthy, has it (or so I like to tell myself!) Having masses of unhealthy, uneducated, and idle plebeians tends to result in great discontent. You cannot simply incarcerate or kill everyone!
 
Those of us who lived and bought into the consumer mentality of the '80's and '90's ... left a dreadful mess. We were wooed by the illusions created by cheap consumer goods. I have always said ... 'If you are going to sell-out' ... ensure your price is at least adequate.
 
We could fool ourselves that Koons, et al subscribed to this ... but ultimately they had little to sell (out!)
 
It is also ironic that 'we' use this site, that ultimately continues to sell the 'old illusions' in the form of supposed glamor, for our expression! I must buy something ... but most things look Kloonzian to me!
 
Tell M. I wrote to Apple as a potential consumer of advertising, then ranted about the app problems! I am not overly hopeful, but maybe it will catch someone's attention!!

goldsyn
Wrote three years ago
great transition from one show into this one.

sharmarie
Wrote three years ago
Well burst my balloon! Look at this fabulous exhibit of art! ❤

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