Jeff Koons Took the Ice Bucket Challenge

Jeff Koons.
Photo: Courtesy Patrick McMullan.

If, somehow, Lady Gaga’s Ice Bucket Challenge left you hankering to see more ice water dumped on more famous people’s heads, you’ll be happy to learn that there’s now been another art world taker: Jeff Koons.

On Thursday, artist and social media maven Jeanette Hayes posted a video to her Instagram of Koons dumping a large bucket of water (he must have missed the memo regarding ice) over his own head. Unlike Gaga’s sober disposition, he had a little more fun with it, allowing his young son to test the water temperature ahead of time and giving the camera a surprised and elated look afterward. Oh, Koons, of all the artists who might jump on an annoying Internet fad, it would be you.

While the State Department has banned US diplomats from propagating the challenge, and Obama politely refused to participate, there’s really no telling how long this thing could go on—after all, if the Chief of State won’t end it, who will? So, start dreaming about which other art folks you’d like to see douse themselves in ice water. While Koons inexplicably passed his challenge along to Mariah Carey, it seems pretty much anyone could be next. Larry Gagosian? Richard Prince? We’re looking at you.

Watch Jeff Koons take the ice bucket challenge:

I finally did the ice bucket challenge #jeffkoons #als #icebucketchallenge I now nominate @mariahcarey

A video posted by Jeanette Hayes (@jeanettehayes) on


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