Fun fact: Richard Artschwager made the toothpick for Claes Oldenburg's Giant BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich) (1963).
Photo via restaurantgroupie.
Happy birthday, Jenny Holzer!
Installation view of Jenny Holzer: PROTECT PROTECT (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, March 12–May 31, 2009). Photograph by Bill Orcutt
"Some commentators have talked about the Rabbit as a spaceman. Others have seen him as the Playboy bunny, or an orator holding up a microphone where the carrot is." —Jeff Koons: A Retrospective curator Scott Rothkopf on Rabbit (1986).
Jeff Koons cat spotted on the B train!
Planning to attend Jeff Koons: A Retrospective? Listen to the audio guide, featuring commentary by Jeff Koons and curator Scott Rothkopf, among others.
Installation view Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (June 27–October 19, 2014) Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y. © Jeff Koons. Photograph by Ron Amstutz
Today, the two artists with whom the Whitney has been most closely identified were born: Edward Hopper in 1882 and Alexander Calder in 1898. You can see their work on the fifth-floor mezzanine.
Detail of Jeff Koons's Play-Doh (1994–2014) via lizacharlesworth1.
Teens are invited to explore Jeff Koons: A Retrospective during a free event tomorrow. More info on whitney.org.
Jeff Koons (b. 1955), Olive Oyl, 2003. Oil on canvas; 108 × 84 in. (274.3 × 213.4 cm). Private collection. © Jeff Koons
The fifth-floor galleries reopen today with three new exhibitions. Shaping a Collection: Five Decades of Gifts includes iconic works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, and many others. The fifth-floor mezzanine galleries will sample the Whitney’s holdings of work by Edward Hopper, whose work will be shown alongside examples of contemporary photography, and Alexander Calder.
Edward Hopper (1882–1967), Second Story Sunlight, 1960. Oil on canvas. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art. © Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins
Three Brillo Boxes and Three Flags! Shaping a Collection: Five Decades of Gifts opens tomorrow.
Photography is nature seen from the eyes outward, painting from the eyes inward. — Charles Sheeler, born today in 1883.
Art is something that happens inside us. We look at things in the world, and we become excited by them. We understand our own possibilities of becoming. And that’s what art is. — Jeff Koons to The New York Times