Last night, art superstar Jeff Koons threw open the doors to his Chelsea studio (which, according to Google Maps, is right here) for a select number of important art world people (our invitation apparently got deflated in the mail), both to show off his compound full of more or less finished canvases and sculptures, and to announce that he’ll be creating the 17th BMW Art Car, which is just what it sounds like. Every couple years the German automaker commissions a contemporary artist to paint one of its cars—Koons follows in the tread marks of Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Olafur Eliasson, David Hockney and Jenny Holzer.
Attendees at Koons’ fancy open studio event, according to Artinfo, included figure skater Oksana Baiul (?), architect Richard Meier, super-critic couple Roberta Smith and Jerry Saltz, the Guggenheim’s Richard Armstrong, MoMA’s Klaus Biesenbach, Agnes Gund from P.S.1 and Adam Weinberg from the Whitney, all of whom feasted on sweet and savory finger foods and cocktails designed by Thomas Keller especially for the occasion. They also got to watch lowly studio assistants toil thanklessly while they nibbled and mingled.
That’s right, a few of the Koons studio’s 120 real live anonymous assistants (above, at right) sat there working on paintings and Pop art late into the night (we surmise, based on these photos) while the people whose jobs they’re coming for ate designer deserts and talked about art fairs and stuff. Looks like we missed a great art world meet-and-greet where the powerful people talked amongst themselves and the powerless polished inflatable sharks.
(photo: Artinfo/Andrew Russeth)