Oligarch art and the ‘screw you’ culture of the super-rich

Jeff Koons' Cat on a clothes line (yellow), 1994-2001

We have a government, tax regime, property market, legal system and immigration policy designed to meet the needs of the plutocracy. And art for oligarchs too. Specifically, we have a giant, cartoonish cat in a garish sock by Jeff Koons hanging above the dealers at the Frieze art fair in Regent’s Park.

“How much is it?” I asked an assistant.

“We don’t give out prices,” she replied, with a look that said: “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.”

I would not have bought it even if I had millions to spare because Koons’s kitty is interesting only for what it says about how little has changed.

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