Over at the L.A. Times, though, Christopher Knight takes issue with Saltz's pick. But not on the grounds that Puppy lacks depth and is a lot like a giant pet robot (supercute!), but because Saltz failed to acknowledge all the places that the pup appeared throughout the 90s, making it not really eligible for "public artwork of the decade," right?
There's also some more deep-seated NY-vs-LA resentment at play in Knight's piece, but I'd like to think that what he's really getting at is that Koons's flowery, happy dog, in retrospect, doesn't seem like the most appropriate symbol for a decade marked by such a roller-coaster of highs and lows. My pick for New York City's public artwork of the decade (since you were about to ask): Roxy Paine's stainless steel trees and boulders in Madison Square Park in 2007, fitting expressions of both cold ambition and organic frailty.