At work in the Jeff Koons studio

In the December/January issue of Modern Painters, Samantha Peale (author of The American Painter Emma Dial), describes working in the Jeff Koons studio:

He told me to find 70,000 live flowering plants for Puppy at the opening of the Guggenheim Bilbao.

He told me to find a fabricator for an inflatable edition he did with Parkett.

He told me to find the discontinued Little Tikes toys that had inspired his Split-Rocker.

When I suggested it might not be possible to procure spare pieces of black trim for his “Equilibrium Tanks” because the manufacturer had gone out of business, he gave me a withering glance.

“They must have done something with all their leftover stock, Samantha.”

He was right. I found extra trim in Canada.