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April 14, 2008

Catching the bouquet

Jeff Koons tulips.jpgSo

What do you think of the Jeff Koons's Tulips? Too late.

They are going away. Victims of abuse. (These things are way bigger than you are, so I am not talking dirty, felonious abuse not matter how much the tulips look like something else.) I am also not breaking any news here. Suzanne Muchnic at the Los Angeles Times did. She produced a model, Class A arts report about art in public places and the rights people feel they have about touching, sitting upon and doing group shots in front of art that's unguarded and placed where it cries to be touched, sat upon and turned into a family Christmas card.

On Sunday, Koons's Tulips were, I don't want to say heavily guarded, because in this day and age when kalishnikovs or reasonable facsimiles are commonplace, a couple of guards with shiny badges and four ropes is not a big deal. BUT Tulips was surrounded this weekend like a President's coffin lying in state at the new Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM). I wanted to see them before they are whisked away later this week probably forever.

They are magnificent beauties. They make the plaza at BCAM, bookended by Chris Burden's Urban Light -- worth a trip to LA, I'm telling you -- and Charles Ray's Firetruck, which is also being removed from the site. Take a glimpse:

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Don't you want to adjust your suspenders and leap on it??
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