Jeff Koons Makes a Splash With Yacht Design
International mega-super-star artist Jeff Koons has designed his first yacht and has brought new meaning to the term “the art of yachting.”
Dakis Joannou, a Greek businessman billionaire and art-collector, hired Koons to design the exterior of the art yacht named “Guilty” — since it’s 2008 completion, “Guilty” has made a splash in the art world and stirred a buzz in the art-blogosphere. The ship has become somewhat of a status-symbol in the contemporary art world, considering its passengers have included such people as Jeffrey Deitch, Larry Gagosian, Marian Goodman, Maurizio Cattelan, Ashley Bickerton, Nicholas Serota of the Tate.
Drawing inspiration from the ole American & Brit WWI boat-camouflaging technique called razzle dazzle, or razzle camouflaging, Koons’ dressed the 114 ft luxury yacht in colorful, angular shapes and abstract dotted patterns. Though Koons states the design was based on the WWI razzle camouflage, art critics say the design calls to mind the early pop-art paintings of Roy Lichtenstein — probably because of the dots.