“Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” opened in June at the Whitney and has inspired a wide swath of praise, skepticism, and at least one epic poem. Whether you love or hate the show, you at least have to give it some credit for having exposed you to The Ass of Koons, courtesy a Vanity Fair photo spread pegged to the exhibition. (“Lucid” is one word among many The New York Times used to describe the show, as quoted by a press release from the Whitney, and that is exactly the word I would use to describe myself upon first seeing Koons’s li’l tucas.)
The Whitney announced this afternoon that, starting on Labor Day, the museum will remain open six days a week (as opposed to its usual five) and has already extended its Friday hours to open early at 11 a.m. All this for Koons! God, if you’re into that sort of thing, needed seven days to create his works; Koons only needs six to show his!
As of press time, it was unclear whether the show’s popularity had anything to do with The Ass of Koons, or a different, unknown factor.