Photo by The Dallas Morning News
Jeff Koons’ Michael Jackson and Bubbles made me laugh when I saw it at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, that’s all. It was a one-joke sculpture, all shiny surface, no depth. That’s the neo-Pop artist’s point. You may have the same reaction to his Balloon Flower (Magenta), shown above outside the Rachofsky House in Dallas. What’s not funny is that someone will probably pay more than $20 million for it when Howard and Cindy Rachofsky put it on the auction block June 30 at Christie’s in London. The Rachofskys, who are leaving their collection to the Dallas Museum of Art, plan to use the money to shore up other aspects of their holdings. Front Burner is, of course, worried about the tax implications. You can play around with a digital version of one of Koons’ other Balloon Flowers here.
Sad news on the food front: Big D’s Dogs, the phenomenal hot-dog shop on Lower Greenville, is closing Sunday. Owner Don Breitkreutz promises to take his fork-and-knife concoctions to the streets and continue catering. I’ll miss the Thai-Chile. Stop by after 9 p.m. Sunday for a farewell and bring some beer.