Breaking news: The High Museum announced this morning that Salvador Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory—the original, quintessential painting of melting clocks—will travel from the Museum of Modern Art in New York to join the current exhibition. The painting will go on display beginning November 16.
Jeff Koons is not as absurdly famous as Salvador Dalí, but he certainly walks among the upper echelons of contemporary art. His stainless steel sculpture titled Hanging Heart sold for $23.6 million in 2007. At the time Koons set a new record for auction by artists who are still breathing and can watch their work sell with their own eyes. Koons will lecture at the High Museum on Tuesday, October 5, beginning at 7PM, highlighting the influence of Dalí on his work. Click here for ticket information.
Although Koons’s aesthetic may not appeal to everyone, the opportunity is genuinely exciting: This is a chance for Atlantans to engage an art world beyond our borders while it’s still fresh. After all, contemporary art is unique because it can be observed, debated, and influenced during its evolution, rather than only after the artist has lived and died.
Click below for an interview with Jeff Koons for the PBS series, Art:21.