At Versailles, visitors sniff at Koon...

At Versailles, visitors sniff at Koons exhibit

There are 17 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 22, 2008, titled At Versailles, visitors sniff at Koons exhibit. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Versailles is going to the dogs. Or at least it has collared one of artist Jeff Koons' shiny bright Balloon Dogs - not to mention a pawing Pink Panther and a gold-dipped Michael Jackson - to hold court in the ...

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Anne

Chicago, IL

#1 Sep 23, 2008
Robert Hughes once stated that Koon's work was, "The last bit of methane left in the intestine of the dead cow that is post-modernism." Robert Hughes was correct.
astron

Chicago, IL

#2 Sep 23, 2008
Maybe the French dislike of Koons just reflects good taste.
john

Chicago, IL

#3 Sep 23, 2008
I viewed his exhibit this Sunday right here at MCA Chicago. I thought it was interesting but how many copies of a gold-dipped Michael Jackson(s) did this guy make?
Bruce

Glen Ellyn, IL

#4 Sep 23, 2008
"Art is what you can get away with."
- Andy Warhol

If you liked Chicago's cows, you'll like Koons, and I did and I do. Snooty people love to look down on the hoi polloi. Up yours, snooty folks.
Radian

Chicago, IL

#5 Sep 23, 2008
The Centre Pompousdou may have been a better venue for Koon's work.
Dale

Chicago, IL

#6 Sep 23, 2008
john wrote:
I viewed his exhibit this Sunday right here at MCA Chicago. I thought it was interesting but how many copies of a gold-dipped Michael Jackson(s) did this guy make?
Koons doesn't make anything, he attends cocktail parties in his behalf while his "people" create this crap. All it is is variations on a theme.
Macintyre

Hyde Park, NY

#7 Sep 23, 2008
As long as my tax dollars don't support it, I don't care. There's a market for everything. I loved Koons' singing fish, or was that K-Tel?
Greg

San Jose, CA

#8 Sep 23, 2008
It is awful that they are putting modern trash "art" in places with such timeless and classic significance and beauty as Versailles. I was in Denmark recently and toured Hamlet's Castle and it was filled with all this modern art. Imagine putting modern art next to priceless items that are 500 years old. Just awful. It really took away from the experience.
Not the right argument

Clarendon Hills, IL

#9 Sep 23, 2008
Dale wrote:
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Koons doesn't make anything, he attends cocktail parties in his behalf while his "people" create this crap. All it is is variations on a theme.
Like Corot's paintings are variations on a theme? Or Rembrandt's "people" that created some of his work?

That's right, no one else has ever employed other people to create art and Koons should be ashamed for having a sustained, deep, and critical, look at American consumption.
Jimmy

La Porte, IN

#10 Sep 23, 2008
Go figure, the french don't like something. The french don't like anything or anyone. What a waste of a country.
Anne

Chicago, IL

#11 Sep 23, 2008
Not the right argument wrote:
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Like Corot's paintings are variations on a theme? Or Rembrandt's "people" that created some of his work?
That's right, no one else has ever employed other people to create art and Koons should be ashamed for having a sustained, deep, and critical, look at American consumption.
Rembrandt had tallent - big difference that the crap one gets today that is passed off as "art".
Deadwood

Plainfield, IL

#13 Sep 23, 2008
Not the right argument wrote:
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Like Corot's paintings are variations on a theme? Or Rembrandt's "people" that created some of his work?
That's right, no one else has ever employed other people to create art and Koons should be ashamed for having a sustained, deep, and critical, look at American consumption.
You said "Koons...having a sustained, deep, and critical, look at American consumption" and that, banal as it is, is what he wants you to believe. Sir, Jeff Koons is the acme of American consumption not a critic of it. If, on the other hand, as he has stated, that his works are meant to bring a note of whimsy to the everyday, then he can’t hold a Lladro candlestick to predecessors like Joseph Cornell and Claus Oldenburg.
An Opinion

Cary, IL

#14 Sep 23, 2008
"Art is what you can get away with."
- Andy Warhol

And not only did Koons get away with it; he got PAID. Good for him.
Ahzroc

Tomah, WI

#15 Sep 23, 2008
Jimmy wrote:
Go figure, the french don't like something. The french don't like anything or anyone. What a waste of a country.
THey're RIGHT! and so are the posters here ... go back to your double-wide...
former versaillese

Chicago, IL

#16 Sep 23, 2008
the controversy is not so much about how it is out of place in Versailles gardens than about tax euros paying for a promotional campaign.
Francois Pinault, modern art collector (owns a lot of Koons art) and very close friend of french president Sarkozy, lobbied heavily for this exhibition. In essence, he is using taxpayers money to pump up the value of his art collection.
Jim

Chicago, IL

#17 Sep 23, 2008
Jimmy wrote:
Go figure, the french don't like something. The french don't like anything or anyone. What a waste of a country.
The French didn't like the idea of going into Iraq either but it turns out five years later they were right all along.
Ann

Buffalo Grove, IL

#18 Sep 23, 2008
Jimmy wrote:
Go figure, the french don't like something. The french don't like anything or anyone. What a waste of a country.
Do you know any French ?

I think this expo is great for people who already know Versailles, If it's your first time there... What a shock !:D

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