by Tara Morgan
Whether you know Jeff Koons for his giant stainless steel balloon sculptures, his 40-foot tall puppy topiary, his white-and-gold ceramic Michael Jackson and Bubbles porcelain piece or his photo-realistic Italian porn star series, the man has made an indelible—and controversial—mark on contemporary art.
While some claim his subject matter to be a commentary on contemporary culture, others deride it as banal and meaningless kitsch.
Well, now you can decide for yourself as you bask in the glory of a (slightly defective) Koons original on Saturday, Jan. 7 at Black Hunger Gallery, located at 2606 Breneman St. in Boise.
The sculpture is on loan from a private collection and will be on display for one night only. According to a press release from Black Hunger—which also functions as the collective studio space of Eli Craven, Erin Cunningham, Maria Chavez, Eamonn Parke and Jon Sadler—Broken Puppy is more than just a flawed piece of contemporary art.
“The visible misfortune provides a humorous perspective on precious art objects, with the intention of provoking dialog about the value and longevity of contemporary art.”
You can view the Koons sculpture starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, while snacking on catered goodies from Abigail Selene Thomas.