Our eyes were drawn to the 'Lives' section of the New York Times Magazine at the weekend and an article called “I Was Jeff Koons’s Studio Serf.” It's a great insight into the production methods of the contemporary artworld.
The “serf” star of the article is John Powers, who was a 21-year-old art student when he landed a job with Koons’s studio in 1995. He quotes Koons as saying in an interview, “I’m basically the idea person. I’m not physically involved in the production. I don’t have the necessary abilities, so I go to the top people.” Powers was assigned to helping Koons with a painting called “Cracked Egg.”
It's a meticulously told tale which details the five months he spent finishing the piece which eventually - spoiler alert - fell off a studio wall and was badly damaged. When Powers was told to try again he quit. “Cracked Egg” eventually sold at Christie’s for $501,933. Read the full story here.
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