Seriously… It’s Jeff Koons – “Made in Heaven”… Come On.

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ARE YOU KIDDING ME FOLKS?

I have recently been posting pictures of Jeff Koons’ first museum RETROspective and BOOOM. I have been blocked, warned, written to about the vulgarity I have been presenting to the public (no it was not this image above that has created a stir).

Many of you know Koons’ work even if you don’t think you do… well now you do. That shiny balloon dog – that is his creation.

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Others may know Koons’ work from before this/his campy craziness – if ever there was such a period.

Koons was once married to a porn star turned a Italian politician – a porn star who was making hard core porn videos while she was a member of Italian parliament… and she was not kicked out. Weird?

The artist’s Made in Heaven series are what many see as pornographic ads. He is fully exposed in many, as is she. But people, my friends, are calling this obscene and say it is inappropriate? Is it? Is posting it on Instagram or Facebook more inappropriate than seeing it in a museum with children? I’m not saying it is right or wrong – what I am saying is that this is a major part of what is becoming our culture and many have not explored outside the “traditional” art scene until these retrospectives and biennales etc. come up.

Art. Art is in the eye of the beholder. I may not be the biggest Koons fan but his RETROspective was fun, entertaining, Koonsy, kitsch, camp… typical. But I still had fun regardless of how I feel about his work.

But the appalled attention the photos I have been posting to show another side of his work that many are not familiar with is just shocking.

Get CULTURED. Being naked, having sex, being sexual, exposed, is nothing new to art. If anything, in a sense it is traditional. Think of some of the first female figures that were created like the Venus of Willendorf (below) from the Palaeolithic era… PALAEOLITHIC – aka DINOSAURS. she was their SEX symbol. She was their Marilyn.

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Koons once made his body, his ex wife’s body, their story, into art – however sexual it may be it is a familiar symbol to the art world, putting sex on display with no shame… so why are you freaking out?

There is more to Koons than inflatables… G-d forbid to let the cat come out of the bag (Koons – Cat on a Clothesline below).

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Go to the Whitney. Make your own opinion. But don’t judge me or the exhibition before you experience it for yourself. This was a part of his past, a part of his oeuvre, a part of his history… we all have one – his is just exposed – literally.

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Help Support Our Troops – FIDF

Dear Friends,

As the IDF are now in Gaza, they need our support more than ever.

Please give me three minutes of your time. For the first minute I want you to take a break and think about whatever comes to your mind. Maybe you are thinking about what you are going to have for your next meal or what your plans are for the weekend.

For the next minute, I want you to think about Israel. Imagine the tens of the thousands of soldiers now in Gaza whose job it is to defend Israel from Hamas terrorists whose aim, as descried in their charter, is to kill every Jew and destroy Israel. The IDF soldiers defending Israel are people between the ages of 18-21 and people in the Reserve Army who will not be seeing their family and will not be spending time with their friends because they are putting their lives on the line in order to defend Israel.

Please take the next minute to show your support. I just ask that you please give any contribution you feel you comfortable with. Big or small, I promise it makes a difference.

I recently returned from spending 10 days with Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) visiting various bases and getting to know the people who were sent to Gaza to protect Israeli civilians from a terror group trying to destroy Israel. There are no words to describe my respect, admiration and awe for the young generation, people our age, and the reserve army, who leave their family behind, to defend Israel. I had to run to a bomb shelter when the siren went off in Ashkelon. I cannot image what it must be like for Israelis to live in constant fear as to when the next siren will sound. Together we can help to support (click on link to donate), say thank you, and show our love in this time of need.

Thank you for your time and support.

Sincerely,

Claudia

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Pop Culture Portraits – Don’t Hate Me Cuz You Ain’t Me

There one time was a CRAZE when celebrities got photoshopped or posed as icons into photographs. For example

1.Kevin Bacon transformed into George Washington by the presidential painter Gilbert Stuart.enhanced-buzz-2975-1387791418-14

2. Mr. Bean posing in the Death of Marat by David.

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3. HOV and Queen B as seen in American Gothic, by American artist Grant Wood. tumblr_msqpuw1UQF1shj7flo1_1280

4. Nicole Kidman as Lady with an Ermine by Italiano master extraordinaire, Leonardo da Vinci.

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THE SAGA CONTINUES!

Could this give a new meaning to Pop Culture? Is the current finally appreciating the past? Is David, Wood, da Vinci and more part of the everyday vernacular? Maybe not. But at least there is a some form of recognition.

And with today’s technology, citizens of Snapchat have taken pop culture and history to a whole new level. You won’t believe it.

Apparently much madness can be attributed to some SNAPCHATTER by the name Lyxdelsic, in captioning King Louis XIV by Hyacinthe Rigaud (b. 1701)… just took this game to a whole new level. “Don’t Hate Me Cuz You Ain’t Me.”

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It just went there. And it does not stop:

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I say keep on popping. Spread the word. Why not? To all you one liner Snapchatters, “may the odds be ever in your favour.”