Oh no, Jeff Koons sculptures go to the moon
Nowadays, outer space has become a destination of choice for people who hope to distinguish themselves as particularly rich and terrible. So the news that artist Jeff Koons will be sending lunar-journey sculptures for permanent installation on the moon almost makes too much sense. Maybe someone from Koons’ team read our 2018 report on Japanese billionaire Yusaka Maezawa’s theoretical 2023 private space tour, in which this reporter humbly suggested we take the pop artist to the space and left it there, and decided to at least partially implement the concept.
“In an exploration of the human race’s imagination and technological innovation, the artist will send a sculptural group to the Moon on an Intuitive Machines lunar lander, to be launched at Kennedy Space Center later this year,” reads an email from Pace. Gallery, which represents Koons. The gallery also announced its partnership with Koons on its very first NFT project, titled moon phases. The NFTs will incorporate the artist’s efforts to send their art to the moon, a process that involves Houston-based Intuitive Machines. The company is one of three companies contracted by NASA in 2019 to develop commercial lunar landers, and their Nova-C spacecraft was one of the winning designs. These large cylindrical vessels will now carry five science payloads for NASA, as well as commercial cargo, including a thermally coated transparent cube measuring six inches on all sides, which will carry Koons’ work beyond the outer stratosphere. Hats off to Koons for embedding upper-class space tourism into NFTs, making it the most abhorrent and unnecessary example of an already deeply abhorrent and unnecessary art movement.
Frankly, the possibility that Koons was the creator of the first “authorized” works of art on the moon is quite fitting for many reasons. The artist has always touted a desire to work with universal themes that appeal to a global audience, and now he literally will. Plus, the amount of ego it takes to put art on the fucking moon cannot be underestimated; it requires imagining that people who go into space do so to look at tiny sculptures instead of, you know, SPACE. If there’s one thing that can withstand the sheer magnitude of cold, vibrant, airless eternity, it’s Jeff Koons’ ego. Finally, Koons is the perfect choice to be included in a mission that seems to be preparing for routine space travel, which is certainly not part of the plan to colonize the moon as a bomb shelter the size of a planet for the ultra-rich when our world becomes uninhabitable. . The ultra-rich would never do something like let 99.9% of the population die horribly drinking space martinis and staring at tiny Jeff Koons sculptures, would they?
Of course, this artistic race to space is already a foregone conclusion, as our 2017 report on the Museum of Contemporary Art on the Moon (MOCAM) shows, and Koons isn’t the only one with his hat. in the ring. As reported by vogue, competing space company Astrobotic is also planning to bring art to the moon, sending a work by Sacha Jafri. The Dubai-based artist is well known for his continuous efforts to “connect the world through the greatest painting ever created on canvas”. Of course, these two suitors follow a 1969 work by American sculptor Forrest Myers, “The Moon Museum”, which is said to have been the first (albeit unauthorized) work of art to have traveled to the moon. Myers worked with scientists at Bell Laboratories to produce an edition of tiny ceramic tiles on which designs by him, Andy Warhol, David Novros, Robert Rauschenberg and John Chamberlin were inscribed. Apparently one of the tiles was secretly attached to the Apollo 12 spacecraft and left on the moon. If the moon follows Earth trends, we can expect the first female artist to be exhibited there in the early 3000s.
Honestly watching Koons talk about his moon phases works in a video posted by Pace Gallery, who can be mad at him? With the same open-hearted sincerity that carried him through decades of success, Koons has now set his eyes on a celestial horizon.
“I can see my whole story as an artist,” Koons said. “I can look at this project and I can see the ideas that I had from the very beginning. Now it’s becoming universal, it’s even out of the realm of the global. Go ahead, Jef. Who dares to stop you?
And just in case it turns out that I have a more general flair for future casting, I predict the next big artistic trend will be Channing Tatum coming over to my house for a cup of coffee and a respectful chat.