February 26, 2010  |  art, Art & Commerce, News


With Pop artist JEFF KOONS' first-ever turn as museum curator set to unfold next month at NYC's NEW MUSEUM with the opening of "The Imaginary Museum: Selections From The Dakis Joannou Collection", the NY Times has taken an in-depth look at Koons' own extensive art collection:

By Randy Kennedy | NY Times Feb 24, 2010
JEFF KOONS, at 55, is one of the world’s most famous living artists. And every night before drifting off to sleep in his home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, he is able to survey the salmon-pink walls of his bedroom and commune with a small pantheon of the most famous artists of centuries past.

In one corner hangs an early-16th-century painted bust of a hollow-cheeked, very tender-looking Jesus by Quentin Massys, the first important painter of the Antwerp school. Across the way, perhaps reflecting Mr. Koons’s love of mingling the sacred and the profane, a risqué Fragonard stares back, showing a young woman cradling a pair of puppies at her bared breasts. But for the most part this extremely private collection, piled up salon style on the walls, seems far more classicist than Koonsian, like an eccentric little gallery transplanted from the Met: Manet, Courbet, Poussin and scholars’ delights like Nikolaus Knüpfer and Cornelis van Haarlem. Click HERE to continue reading at NY Times...

A Magritte original hanging in Jeff Koons' home

A Quinten Massys image of Christ from Jeff Koons' collection

A Fragonard from Jeff Koons’s collection

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