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Koons, creator of 'Balloon Dog,' opens major exhibit in Chicago 「氣球狗」創作者芝加哥盛大開展

Jeff Koons in Chicago on May 29, 2008.
傑夫.昆斯五月二十九日攝於芝加哥。
照片:法新社

PHOTO: AFP

A balloon dog painted metallic orange watches over paintings of Popeye and a sculpture of Michael Jackson.

Jeff Koons is one of the most important living artists. His first major exhibit in the US in 15 years opened late last month at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

The show features about 60 paintings and sculptures. The works span Koons’ career from 1979 through 2007. The art pieces include everyday articles, such as vacuum cleaners in glass cases and basketballs in water tanks.

“All the works are like children, you really put a lot of thought and care into them,” Koons said.

Koons has been compared to Andy Warhol. Enlarging everyday objects has become one of his main ways of producing art. His work is both popular and criticized in art circles.

One of his iconic images is Balloon Dog, which is a three-meter-high stainless steel structure. The balloon animal is for children.

Highlights of the show include paintings featuring Popeye and the Incredible Hulk. Also on display is a sculpture of the King of Pop and his pet chimpanzee, called Michael Jackson and Bubbles.

The show runs through Sept. 21.

(STAFF WRITER, WITH AP)

一隻漆成金屬橘色的氣球狗守護著幾幅大力水手卜派的畫像和一座麥可.傑克遜的雕像。

傑夫.昆斯是當代最重要的現存藝術家之一。上個月底,他十五年來的首次大型作品展在美國芝加哥的當代美術館開展。

該展覽展出約六十件昆斯從一九七九年到二OO七年間創作的畫作和雕塑品,其中包括如玻璃櫃中的吸塵器和水缸裡的籃球等日常物品。

昆斯說:「這些作品就像是我的孩子一樣,我花了很多心血在它們身上。」

昆斯向來被拿來和安迪.沃荷相提並論,放大日常生活用品已成為他藝術創作的主軸之一。他的創作在藝術圈中毀譽參半。

他最具代表性的作品之一就是三公尺高的不鏽鋼雕塑品 「氣球狗」。這隻氣球造型動物是為了小朋友而設計。

這次展出的重點作品包括大力水手卜派和無敵浩克的畫作。此外,展覽中也展出一件以流行天王麥可•傑克遜和他的寵物黑猩猩為主角的雕塑作品,名為「麥可•傑克遜和他的黑猩猩」。

該展覽將持續至九月二十一日。

(美聯社�翻譯:袁星塵)

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. sculpture n.

雕塑品 (diao1 su4 pin3)

例: We made a huge sculpture of an elephant.

(我們做了一個大象的巨型雕塑。)

2. exhibit n.

展覽 (zhan2 lan3)

例: Have you seen the new exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts?

(你有去美術館看過那個新的展覽嗎?)

3. enlarge v.i./v.t.

放大 (fang4 da4)

例: I enlarged the map to make it easier to read.

(為了看得更清楚,我把地圖放大。)

4. iconic adj.

有代表性的 (you3 dai4 biao3 xing4 de5)

例: Taipei 101 is an iconic building.

(台北101是一棟具代表性的建築。)


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