Koons Bound for France, ‘Rabbit’ and ‘Lobster’ in Tow

imageSuperseding all extant classifications of art when he first broke through, Jeff Koons inspired the creation of neo-pop art, which has since inspired artists like Takashi Murakami. Factor in a spurned ex-wife in the form of Italian porn star La Cicciolina suing him for child support and his status as one of art’s most well-paid prodigies, and you have all the trappings of an art-world celebrity.

Ergo, it makes perfect sense then that the simply titled “Jeff Koons Versailles” — a 16-strong roundup of Koons’ best work — would feature exclusively at the Chateau de Versailles. Opened last week and running through December 14, the show, held in the royal apartments and the castle’s gardens, features some of the artist’s most noteworthy output, including “Lobster” and “Rabbit.” But New Yorkers need not fly to France for their Koons fix; the ten-foot stainless steel “Balloon Dog (Yellow)” continues to be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Roof Garden.

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