Jeff Koons

Rob Pruitt, Cocaine Buffet, 1990s. 

The Art World's Favorite Mind-Altering Substances: A Sociological Study

 Visitor in front of  Hand on Breast  (1990) by Jeff Koons Deichtorhallen, Hamburg 1993 Photo: Angelika Leu-Barthel

Visitor in front of Hand on Breast (1990) by Jeff Koons
Deichtorhallen, Hamburg 1993
Photo: Angelika Leu-Barthel

The 1992 group show “Post Human” explored how the Internet, artificial intelligence, and plastic surgery were changing what it meant to be human. The exhibition‘s curator Jeffrey Deitch travels back into a past future.

 Drawing by Dan Perjovich for Spike

Drawing by Dan Perjovich for Spike

Many people are anxious that the growing class divide in the art world and the succession of record-breaking prices paid for contemporary art endanger the belief system supporting it. But why is nobody worried about money itself? Isn’t what happens at an auction that money celebrates its freedom, its release from the burden of being a means of comparison? Is art the new money? On a currency that lives from the bank of the gaze, into which we all make payments.