Art World Abstracts: A Peek Inside Jeff Koons’ Stone-Cutting Facility, and More!

Jeff Koons. (Courtesy the Whitney)

Jeff Koons. (Courtesy the Whitney)

What’s ol’ Koonsy up to at that crazy-big space he developed in rural Pennsylvania? Oh, just developing “new bodies of work” in “the most advanced stone fabrication operation in the world.” The robots are making new bodies of work for Jeff Koons! This means that the singularity will soon occur, and when the rise of the machines happens, the machines will all start constructing 16-foot-tall sculptures of Lady Gaga. [The Art Newspaper]

It’s hard to stand out amid the spree of openings that runs through New York during Armory Week, but Tatiana Trouvé has managed to do so by sheer scope and size: she’s created a public work the size of Central Park. Well, sort of: the artist has spooled enough rope onto giant spools that it could somehow stretch the length of all the paths in the park if you unwound them all. [NYT]

Behold, the exhibitor list for Art Basel 2015! And yeah, the list is basically the same as last year, but it’s the biggest of all art fairs, and that’s kind of important. [artnet]

Oh no, Moran’s in Chelsea has closed! Wherever shall I pop in for an overpriced drink between galleries on Thursdays? I’m not one to twist the knife when the reaper comes for an old New York bar or restaurant, but Moran’s was kind of depressing to be in, even if its proximity to all the galleries meant someone of some import to the art world would inevitably be in there. It was always on the way to wherever you were going. Some historic drunken meetings, fights and kisses inevitably occurred there—simply because, and I stress, it was next to all the action and there’s nowhere else to go. And it was oddly enormous in an unsettling way? But, sure, had some good times there over the years, nothing awful happened, it was a place to drink and talk, rest in peace. [ARTnews]

Harper Levine is a wonderful bookseller in the Hamptons, and now he’s bringing Harper’s Books from the East End to the East Side. There’s a pop-up at The Carlyle, people! Go swing by before hitting ADAA or an opening at 980 and go check out those old bound things. And then have a martini at Bemelmans, and then be on your way. [T]

Hooray! “The computer programmer and philanthropist Peter Norton has donated forty-one works by contemporary artists to the Rose Art Museum.” [Artforum]

Art World Abstracts: A Peek Inside Jeff Koons’ Stone-Cutting Facility, and More!