Happy Valentine’s Day

Another year, another love letter challenge from SFMOMA. This year was harder since I set the bar so high last year. Thankfully, my real goal is the same as last year’s goal: just be clever and make people laugh.

This year, I chose to write to Jeff Koons’s Self Portrait.


As I’ve mentioned before, I can’t really stand Koons. But the fact that he elicits such a strong negative reaction is fun. His self portrait in particular cracked me up when I saw it. How often do you immediately laugh at something you can’t stand? Only in a museum.

How can you not love that?

In any case, I’m pretty sure I won’t win again. But at least this entry made it to SFMoMA’s Tumblr in all its animated glory.

This project has also started me thinking about scenarios where I may actually like Koons’s work. Maybe in an exhibition with Tobias Wong, Cindy Sherman’s history or society portraits, and Takashi Murakami? Could work. Such an exhibition would get the “that’s not art” brigade out in full force too. That’s always fun as well.

Author: Nick Vossbrink

Blogging about Photography, Museums, Printing, and Baseball Cards from both Princeton New Jersey and the San Francisco Bay Area. On Twitter as @vossbrink, WordPress at njwv.wordpress.com, and the web at vossbrink.net

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