Banal yet sublime, Jeff Koons’ game-changing career over the past three decades finally gets a retrospective.
US pop artist Jeff Koons’ retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art brings his work full-circle because an exhibit at the New York landmark 40 years ago set him off on his groundbreaking career. Koons is considered one of the world’s greatest living artists. His work Balloon Dog (Orange) sold for a record-setting US$58.4mil (RM188mil) last year, the highest price for a living artist.
Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, which opened on Jun 27 and runs through to Oct 19, is his first large-scale New York museum exhibition and the first time a single artist has taken over nearly the entire Whitney Museum. But long before Koons awed, inspired and shocked the art world with his inflatable flowers, nude images and monumental sculptures, he saw an exhibition at the Whitney in 1974 by American artist Jim Nutt that had a huge impact on him.