Jeff Koons’ work may make people mad, but it seems to make other people happy. This is apparently for the same reasons. His sculptural works are simple, perfectly crafted exploitations or executions of all that Pop promises, at its most fun and banal. Sacred Heart (Red/Gold) (1994-2007), the twelve foot, heart shaped candy wrapper and the Balloon Dog (Yellow) (1994-2000) seem so resistant to meaning that they can be either playful or idiotic, crass market objects or Oldenburg-inspired toys for kids big and small. On the Met’s roof deck the pristine reflective and tinted stainless steel surfaces fills with the skyline so that even if you hate them you can do it with a beautiful view and a drink in your hand.
Images: Sacred Heart (Red/Gold), (1994/2007), Balloon Dog (Yellow) (1994/2000). COurtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art.