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Jeff Koons on His Dream Choo Choo and That Time Lady Gaga ‘Kind of Went Down’ On Him

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“Cat on a Clothesline (Red)” Jeff Koons at FLAG Art Foundation

Last week, when Jeff Koons spoke about an unrealized pet project of his– a giant, actual crane holding up a replica of a “choo choo train”– and casually estimated that it would cost somewhere around $25 million to $50 million to produce, I couldn’t help LOL’ing.

“I never think about failure,” Koons told the crowd at FLAG, where several of his sculptural pieces are on view through May 14 as part of Cecily Brown, Jeff Koons, Charles Ray“I let things resonate and when I’m ready to make a gesture, I just do it.”

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Seven Badass Things Said By ‘Fuck Paintings’ Artist Betty Tompkins

"Word Paintings" by Betty Tompkins, on view at FLAG (Photo: Nicole Disser)

“Word Paintings” by Betty Tompkins, on view at FLAG (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Since we last caught up with Betty Tompkins– the downtown artist best known for her “Fuck Paintings,” she’s been doing what an established artist should be doing, showing her work at art shows and galleries galore. But for most of her career, as we learned, Tompkins was subject to censorship, sexism, and flat-out rejection not just from gallerists and the art world, but from first- and second-wave feminists too. Nevertheless, Tompkins kept painting nether regions and money shots, all of it sourced from porn. “The problem is, I’m a slut for painting,” she said.

We heard all this and more at “A Woman’s Greatest Weapon is Her Tongue,” a Q&A held in conjunction with Tompkins’s new solo exhibition of “Word Paintings,” which depict some of the “awfully familiar” words used to describe women. (“WOMEN Words Phrases Stories” is on view at the FLAG Art Foundation through May 14).

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Black Flag Annihilated Last Week With a Super Secret Show

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Black Flag at Warsaw (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

Depending on whose tweets you prefer, Black Flag spent Friday and Saturday either “destroying” or “kicking the crap out of” Warsaw, only to go on to do a Sunday show at a venue so secret that if anyone gave up the name (Grand Victory) they probably would’ve had to disappear to Hong Kong. (Seriously, the email confirmation was all: “Any social media or other discovered leaks of location may result in denied entry.”)
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