For me, a bisected cow preserved in formaldehyde as an art object is perverse, as is rotting meat. And it is shameful to kill thousands of butterflies to make a pretty design or capture them to hatch out and die in the Tate Gallery but I very much admire Damien Hirst’s generosity in opening his Newport Street Gallery, London SE11 6AJ, with entry free of charge.
The exhibition we went to was of part of his collection of Jeff Koons’ art. Hirst permits photography – except in the Sexually Explicit Room which contains two images of Jeff Koons at it with his porn-star wife, as well as Koons’ huge Bowl with Eggs (Pink) 1994-2009.
I find it difficult to choose which of the objects to show here – I liked them all – or almost all. Koons’ work is certainly best seen in a collection like this, rather than as a couple of examples in a general exhibition of Modern Art.
Balloon Monkey (Blue), a huge stainless steel finely polished structure does it for me If you click on the image and enlarge it you can see how tiny by comparison are the humons reflected in its immaculate surface.