14 October 2014


Unseen Pablo Picasso Self-Portrait In London Exhibition

A self-portrait by Pablo Picasso that was created in 1901, and has not previously been exhibited in public before, will go on display in central London this week. The exhibition will include works by Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, and great British painter Francis Bacon. The self-portrait by Picasso depicts the Spanish artist and sculptor at […]

13 October 2014


Giacometti And Rothko On View At £500 Million Sotheby’s Show

Alberto Giacometti’s painted bronze ‘Chariot’, which was one of six that the Swiss artist created in the 1950s, is expected to sell for more than £60 million when it goes under the hammer at a Sotheby’s auction in New York next month. The work of art is a sculpture of a goddess riding a chariot, […]

3 October 2014


Jeff Koons Sculpture Opens The Bidding War At Christie’s and Sotheby’s

Two major sculptures by the American artist Jeff Koons will go under the hammer at Christie’s and Sotheby’s this Autumn. Both works of art belong to well know collectors. Moon (Yellow) comes to market at Sotheby’s and is owned by the Turner Prize winning artist Damien Hirst. It was part of his MurderMe collection. The […]

1 October 2014


The Brueghel Dynasty in Conversation with Contemporary Art Explored

A new exhibition will open at Christie’s Mayfair 11 October 2014. The Bad Shepherd is a major exhibition exploring the continued influence of Pieter Brueghel the Elder and his artistic dynasty in the 21st century. This is the first exhibition ever to present the work of the Brueghels in dialogue with contemporary art and features […]

24 September 2014


Contemporary Art Smashes $2 Billion Mark Creating New World Auction Record

Jeff Koons’s monumental sculpture Balloon Dog (Orange) has set a new world auction record for a living artist. The iconic work by the controversial American artist achieved the sum of $58,405,000 – that being £36,795,150, or €43,219,700, at Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Evening Sale in New York on November 12, 2013. According to new figures […]

24 September 2014


Seoul’s Gallery Seomi Owner Arrested By Authorities

Some say that the artworld is the most unregulated industry next to that of the illegal drugs trade. The controversial Hong Song-won, owner of Seoul’s Gallery Seomi, has been arrested over suspicions that she sold artworks ordered to be seized by a Seoul court, the Korea Times reports. A Seoul court ordered the confiscation of […]

23 September 2014


Jeff Koons Is Going Back To School

Controversial American artist Jeff Koons is going back to school. An elementary school in Sunnyside, Queens, New York, is now offering an extracurricular art class for children inspired by the works of Koons. After all, the teachers say, the contemporary mater’s kitschy masterpieces not only appeal to the great wheeler-dealers of the artworld; but also […]

2 September 2014


Balloon Dog Deflated Michael Green’s Ironic Homage To Jeff Koons

A GIF artwork which has failed to sell on ebay has become an internet sensation. Created by Michael Green who was hoping to sell the ‘most expensive GIF of all time” and make a cool $5,800, it remained unsold, with no takers, at the starting price of $2000. “Balloon Dog Deflated” is described on the […]

21 August 2014


Jeff Koons Self Harm Man In Hospital After Defacing Whitney Retrospective

Canadian performance artist Istvan Kantor known for his blood pieces, has smeared the walls of the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum with his own blood, to protest the ‘blatant commerciality and shallowness’ of the well known, New York based contemporary artist. The altercation took place yesterday at the Museum. He was photographed by […]

23 July 2014

Jeff Koons: A Hubris Trickster Creating The Visually Grandiose

Standing at the very beginning of the Jeff Koons retrospective, on the polished floors of the Whitney Museum, I scrutinise my distorted, disproportional and caricatured reflection in the pristine mirrored blue orb, teetering precariously on the shoulder of a 25 foot plaster cast copy of Hercules. This is part of the “Gazing Ball” series which […]

21 April 2014


Jeff Koons Easter Egg Hits £250k In Faberge Charity Auction

An Easter egg designed by the New York Artist Jeff Koons has attracted over $420,000 (£250,000) in online bids for a charity auction. The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt have organised artists like Tracey Emin ($26,000, Marc Quinn ($20,000)  Zaha Hadid ($37,000) and Bruce Webber ($9200) to join locals and visitors to engage in a mass […]

6 January 2014


Jeff Koons Contrives First US Retrospective At The Whitney

Jeff Koons is widely regarded as one of the most controversial artists of the postwar era. Throughout his career, he has pioneered new approaches to the readymade, tested the boundaries between art and mass culture and challenged the limits of industrial fabrication. He has also transformed the relationship of artists to the cult of celebrity […]

9 November 2013


Bob Guccione’s Erotic Treasures Banned From New York’s Leading Auction Houses

Multiple auction houses were interested in the vast collection of Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione’s erotic treasures, recently acquired by entrepreneur Jeremy Frommer via the late media mogul’s storage lockers and creditors. After Vice Magazine devoted their entire September issue to the Guccione archives, Frommer was approached by several auctioneers about collaborating on a wide-reaching exhibition. […]

16 May 2013

Jeff Koons: Shiny And Industrialised Commercial Gold At Gagosian

Jeff Koons is a showman, a businessman and a master manipulator first and foremost- and then comes the art. Art has become the vehicle by which he can be all these things and make a GREAT deal of money too. If you heard him on ART 21, and I paraphrase here, he says; “It’s not […]

6 May 2013


Jeff Koons Sticks With Gagosian For New Spring Exhibition

We reported back in December that A third ‘Art Star’, Jeff Koons, appeared on the brink of joining Damien Hirst and Yayoi Kusama in exiting the Gagosian Gallery roster, after he was allegedly in exhibition talks with Gagosian arch-rival, David Zwirner. Well this has now evaporated and Gagosian and Zwirner are both presenting exhibitions of […]

30 December 2012


Gagosian Gallery Empire Under Threat As Top Artists Jump Ship

In the latter half of December, the largest gallery in the world suddenly found its future dominance in doubt. The Gagosian Gallery, which turned over almost one billion dollars in 2011, had its relationship with two of its leading artists, Damien Hirst and Yayoi Kusama, abruptly severed. A third star, Jeff Koons, appeared on the […]

24 December 2012


Gagosian Suffers Third Artist Defection As Yayoi Kusama Abandons Gallery

Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst and Now Yayoi Kusama are set to move on from the worlds largest Art Gallery. The question on the art world’s mind remains, why? Kusama who shows with the family run Victoria Miro gallery in London will most likely be looking for a more personal service from her dealer. The actual […]

14 December 2012


Jeff Koons Designs Special Chateau Mouton Rothschild Art label

The commission to illustrate the latest Chateau Mouton Rothschild vintage label has been given by the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild to the American sculptor Jeff Koons. The image has just been released for a public viewing, a first for ArtLyst. Koons born 1955, has created it in the vein of a Pop/kitsch neo classical drawing, […]

16 November 2012


Jeff Koons Deflated Tulip Balloon Sculpture Sells For £21 Million

Jeff Koons clumsy sculpture titled Tulip, which sat outside New York’s Rockefeller Center, for the viewing of Christie’s latest Contemporary art sale has sold for an artist record of $33.7m (£21.2m). Created between 1995-2004, the tinted stainless steel sculpture is one of five versions of the work in existence. The piece is a photorealist rendition […]

31 October 2012


Art Critics Condemn The Influence Of Money And Celebrity

In October, the buzz around the Frieze Art Fair was amplified by some spectacular transactions. The record-breaking sale of Gerhard Richter’s ‘Abstraktes Bild’ caught the headlines with its mix of money and celebrity: Eric Clapton sold the piece for £21.3m, the highest amount ever paid for a work by a living artist.Beneath this cataract of […]

16 October 2012


Royal Academy Heralds New And Venerable Bronze Age – Review

A short article in McSweeney’s online magazine ran as follows: “List of Bronze-Age Memes: 1) Bronze”. I mention this because I think it is funny, and because to describe bronze as a meme is quite an interesting way of looking at it: something that spreads from person to person within a culture, and propagates according […]

24 June 2012



If it’s Tuesday this must be Basel Armed only with a European Rail Pass, a shamefully underused German phrase book and an extravagant six days off work, Paul Carey-Kent tackles Frankfurt, Zurich, Basel, Kassel, Hanover and Hamburg in a city spree which encompassed the major events of Art Basel and the thirteenth in the quinquennial […]

6 June 2012


Contemporary Art Under Legal Pressure Over Copyright

Will artists be the next victims of the Napster/Pirate Bay effect? We blinked, and suddenly we’ve been jolted back into the late 1990’s or early 2000’s. That’s right, we are time traveling here, with the sudden discussion and resurgence of court cases cropping up in the mind numbing debate surrounding copyright infringement and piracy issues. […]

2 May 2012


US Artists Line Up For Britain’s Cultural Olympiad

Highlights were announced today for the American artists participating in the London 2012 Festival, the summer climax of the Cultural Olympiad and perhaps ‘the largest cultural celebration in our lifetime’ ‘ The visual artists include Alex Katz, Marina Abramović, Jeff Koons, Yoko Ono, Yes Yes No and The Wooster Group. Mostly high profile internationally established […]

17 April 2012


Patron Of Jeff Koons & Richard Serra Donald Young Dies

The influential gallerist, Donald Young, who represented major artists such as Jeff Koons and Richard Serra has died aged 69 ‘Donald was a trusted dealer and friend and I will miss him’, said Richard Serra. ‘I have known Donald Young since the late 1980’s … [and he] was instrumental in opening doors for me to work […]

11 April 2012


Serious Contemporary Artists Who Flirt With The Erotic

Sex has preoccupied artists since the beginning of time – look no further than prehistoric Venus figurines! But today, despite the all-pervasiveness of sexualised imagery in contemporary culture, most artists merely knowingly nod towards baby-making rather than confronting this epidemic head on. So here are six artists bucking the trend…   Paul McCarthy Paul McCarthy’s […]

10 March 2012


Damien Hirst Set To Open Public Gallery In 2014

New London Space To House Bacon Koons Banksy and YBA Collection Damien Hirst has expressed his intention to open a public art gallery, in South London to display his vast collection of Modern and Contemporary art. “It’s my Saatchi gallery, basically,” Hirst told the Observer, describing the development project in Lambeth that will soon display […]

6 February 2012


Live Webcast Launches Future Generation Art Prize 2012

The Future Generation Art Prize 2012 has just been launched via an international online press conference that brought together the organisers, last year’s winner, and mentors Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Richard Armstrong, Sir Nicholas Serota, from 4 different continents. The international prize worth £100,000 is open to any artist under the age of 35, and […]

6 February 2012


Damien Hirst Jeff Koons Live Russian Broadcast

Future Generation Art Prize Live Press Conference Today The Future Generation Art Prize established by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation is a worldwide contemporary art prize to discover, recognize and give long-term support to a future generation of artists. The Prize will be a major contribution to the open participation of younger artists in the dynamic […]

27 January 2012


Residents Up In Arms Over Primrose Hill Jesus

Planning Permission Sought For Kitsch Statue To Mark Olympic Torch Handover To Rio Plans to erect a giant fibreglass replica of the Rio De Janeiro ‘Redeemer Statue’ on top of London’s posh Primrose Hill have been revealed. The project will be funded by the Brazilian government to mark the end of the London 2012 Olympics […]

25 November 2011

Louise Lawler And The Politics Of Space

Review of Louise Lawler’s No Drones at Sprüth Magers, her first solo show in the UK for four years Lawler’s photographs capture artworks in compromising positions; from a Koons Rabbit next to the refrigerator (Foreground, 1994) to Jasper Johns’ White Flag in the bedroom (Monogram, 1984). This short but sweet exhibition – her first solo show in the UK […]

18 November 2011


Jeff Koons New Exhibition Amid Antiquities

US artist to exhibit new sculptural work in Frankfurt’s Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung – a museum normally devoted to ancient-to-classical masterpieces Frankfurt’s Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung museum is about to receive a postmodern makeover, with the 19th century villa (which normally houses ancient, medieval and baroque sculpture) set to host an exhibition by US artist Jeff Koons in June […]