When I was a child, our family owned an object which I believed to be the most beautiful thing on the planet: a real Red Rose, preserved in wax and displayed inside a water-filled, glass globe which sat on a black plastic base. It captivated me. I would stare at this exquisite object for extended periods of time, thinking it must surely be quite precious and expensive. In hindsight, it was impossibly tacky and kitsch, but when you’re feeling it, who gives a shit? My point is that I flashed-back on that wax-dipped Red Rose in the glass globe immediate when I saw this similarly tacky Pink Glittery Rose in its own fishbowl-like globe for sale on the street outside a Deli that recently opened on the corner of 14th Street and Avenue A. Ah, sweet, sweet nostalgia.
As part of the gallery’s anniversary of 25 Years in business, David Zwirner on 20th Street is currently hosting an exhibit of works by a selection of the major artists it represents. Being a major Jeff Koons fan, my favorite piece in the show is Bluebird Planter: a piece from Koons‘ Banality series (2010 – 2016) created in the artists signature mirror-polished stainless steel, with a transparent color coating, and a space on top of the sculpture for live flowering plants.
The Banality series consists of a number of large sculptures inspired by porcelain Hummel Figurines. I kept a random art fan in this shot, so you can see how large the sculpture is.
This sculpture had fake plants in its planter but you can get the idea. It is extremely gorgeous. Breathtaking even.
Collectible art doesn’t have to break the bank. Created from acrylic paint on a salvaged thrift store wood panel, this 6″x8″ original work of art by artist Michael Leavitt can be yours for just $350 (includes shipping!) at This Link!