January 2016

I recently read someone's comments concerning Jeff Koon's enormous hyper-polished steel balloon dog sculptures.   It got me wondering how we can or should judge art. I saw Koon's gallery show in New York a while back with rooms of these brightyly reflective, highly chromatic balloon animal creations. Now I could have reacted in several ways. I could have gone in the gallery wanting, say, Rubens and then felt the dogs were a slap in the face. High art? Ha! No way. This is trivial nonsense on a large scale. Or conversely, I could go into the gallery, just curious, and found