Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Shock of the new

“[It] was just riveting. You wanted to laugh, you were shocked, you were planted to the floor. I was galvanized by the object. It has such an amazing physical presence… ‘Uncanny’ is the word that comes to mind. There were so many different things going on at once in the piece. It was hilarious, it was smart, and it was chilling… It had that kind of Utopian high-gloss modern clarity to it.” 
Kirk Varnedoe chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art describing his first sighting of the Jeff Koon’s sculpture Rabbit