JEFF KOONS: NOW

PLAY-DOH - JEFF KOONS, 1994 - 2014

The sound of knives being sharpened reverberated well before ’Jeff Koons: Now’ opened at Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery in London. The combination of two big names that some really love, but most love to hate, has attracted less than positive reviews, mostly by default. The marriage, however, promised to be a happy one. The two do not only share the ability of dividing the opinions of critics and public alike, but are amongst an elite of contemporary artists who have sold works for millions. They publicly profess admiration for…

DAVID BECKHAM: THE MAN

David Beckham Damien Hirst

Despite eliciting only raised eyebrows every time I suggested visiting ’David Beckham: The Man’ at Phillips in Mayfair, I found myself hopelessly lured to it like a moth to a flame. Managing to sneak in on my own just before the gala party for the auction, I was so caught up in the mediatic whirlwind generated by the evening that I found it very hard to focus and judge the photographs purely on their artistic merit. Since the brand Beckham relies almost entirely on being seen to maintain an iconic status,…