11 January 2015


Artists Damien Hirst And Takashi Murakami Create Original Works For UNICEF

Renowned artists including Takashi Murakami, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Richard Serra and Shirin Neshat have donated works through the FC Barcelona Foundation to Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) and UNICEF. The ‘1 in 11’ campaign extends educational opportunities to marginalised children in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal, with the goal of expanding to more countries. Hirst, […]

9 January 2015


Is Image Appropriation Just Plagiarism Of Intellectual Property

Jeff Koons is facing a second lawsuit over alleged plagiarism of intellectual property in two weeks; first regarding the sculpture

5 January 2015


Versailles Sculptures Damaged In Malicious Act Of Vandalism

The plinths of two marble sculptures displayed in the Grand Trianon park at Versailles have been attacked and severely damaged by a suspected “malicious act,” AFP reports. The attack on the works was discovered by Versailles staff last Wednesday. The two works of art, which date from the late 17th century to early 18th century, […]

30 December 2014


Jeff Koons Sued In Second Plagiarism Lawsuit In A Month

The estate of the well known French photographer Jean-François Bauret is suing the American artist Jeff Koons for copying one of his best known images, for the 1988 sculpture titled Naked.  The sculpture created in porcelain, is part of Koons’ “Banality” series and would have been on display in his current retrospective, at the Centre […]

29 December 2014


Anish Kapoor Solo Exhibition At Versailles In 2015

The London-based artist Anish Kapoor follows in the footsteps of Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami with a new exhibition of work due to open next year at the Palace of Versailles outside of Paris. The director of the 17th-century château, Catherine Pégard, told The International New York Times that the show will open next June […]

5 November 2014


Paris Tableau Old Masters Fair Opens In Paris

The old master trade will be gathering for Paris Tableau, the only exclusively Old Master fair in the world, which was launched three years ago with an exhibition of Old Masters collected by the contemporary artist Jeff Koons. This year, British dealers will be ,unveiling a number of rarities and recent discoveries, which will make […]

30 October 2014


Damien Hirst In Orkney Jeff Koons In Norwich: Culture Moves To The Hinterlands

In an unprecedented programme bringing cutting edge art to the masses the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate have announced their schedule for the seventh year of ARTIST ROOMS On Tour. New exhibitions will go on show at 17 venues across the UK in 2015 and a further seven exhibitions already open will continue to […]

20 October 2014


Instagram Publicity Hunter Vandalises Koons Retrospective

First Paul McCarthy’s ‘Tree’ Sculpture was vandalised in paris; and now, it seems it is the turn of another controversial artist; Jeff Koons. The artist’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York was targeted for vandalism shortly after midnight yesterday, this was reported in ARTnews. The vandal used spray-paint to daub […]

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.

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

We blinked, and suddenly we’ve been jolted back into the late 1990s or early 2000s. That’s right, we are time travelling here, with the sudden discussion and resurgence of court cases

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 […]