Jeff Koons Talks Bronzes at the Frick Thursday Night

Koons at Christie's New York in 2012. (Getty Images)

Koons at Christie’s New York in 2012. (Getty Images)

We pride ourselves over here at Gallerist for offering a carefully crafted guide to the finest art events each week, which is why we have to apologize that one slipped by us this this time: Jeff Koons’s talk at the Frick on Thursday night at 6 p.m. He’ll be discussing the museum’s very choice “Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Hill Collection,” which we reviewed a few weeks ago.

If you have ever heard Mr. Koons speak about art—his own or others—you know how good he is. His readings tend to be somewhat idiosyncratic, and dripping with sexual interpretations. Back in 2012, he talked about Picasso at the Guggenheim rather beautifully. Here’s a bit where he was discussing Picasso’s rather spooky Milliner’s Workshop (1926):

It seemed kind of very optimistic, just the flowing of lines,” Mr. Koons explained. An image of the painting was on a screen behind him, and he aimed a green laser pointer on one bulbous shape. “This almost looks like a hand here opening a doorknob, but that could also be a symbol of Marie-Thérèse touching his phallus.”

And that was Picasso! This show features many sculptures of fleshy, naked, musclebound men, many in athletic poses or writhing in combat—a layup for Mr. Koons.

No RSVPs on this one, so probably best to arrive early. Maybe get there a few hours before and catch the show! Great stuff.