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Could these two works be from a future Jeff Koons Museum? François Le Moyne, Adam and Eve, ca. 1740, sold for $1.82 million at Sotheby’s Paris, June 24, 2009, and Pablo Picasso, Deux personages, 1934, sold for $18 million at Christie’s New York, Nov. 6, 2008


May 26, 2011

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Pittsburgh has the Warhol Museum, and now the tiny burg of York (pop. 43,718) in south-central Pennsylvania is lobbying for a hometown museum for its native-son art celebrity, Jeff Koons. In an editorial -- a kind of open letter to the artist -- the York Daily Record notes that Koons is buying up significant acreage in the area, and has said that he would like it to one day be part of “some foundation,” an area connected to “my own legacy.” The newspaper likes the scheme, saying it could boost the local economy. Clearly, we have the germ of an idea here.

In the meantime, Koons has been busy lining the gallery walls at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with masterpieces from his own collection, a good way to raise their value, according to blogger Laura Gilbert. Neither Koons nor the Met would confirm the ownership of the loaned works, labeled simply as coming from a “private collection,” but Gilbert counts a Tilman Riemenschneider sculpture and François Le Moyne painting among them.

Adding to the mystery is the website Collection New York, which Gilbert believes lists 51 works from Koons’ collection, including four by Gustave Courbet, three by Pablo Picasso, three by Salvador Dali, five by Rene Magritte.

The list also includes works by Koons’ peers, including John Currin, Richard Prince, David Salle and Christopher Wool, as well as the late Chicago artist Ed Paschke, whose works were shown not too long ago at Gagosian Gallery in an exhibition selected by Koons. The list includes an email address, and may be a convenience in arranging loans for museum exhibitions.

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Justine and Jeff Koons
Justine and Jeff Koons at Matsuri restaurant in Chelsea, May 7, 2011; photo by Patrick McMullan