LONDON///JEFF KOONS x THE HULK…

June 5, 2007  |  Uncategorized

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Pop art superstar JEFF KOONS unveiled his newest series of large-scale paintings at the opening of his "HULK ELVIS" show on Monday at Gagosian Gallery's London outpost. Known for his manipulation of ordinary & otherwise household objects into colorful tableaus of Pop ponderance, Koons has delivered another batch of heavily-layered paintings dominated by his newest visual obsessions: Inflatable Hulk & monkey dolls. The theme of Koons' show was breached when his series of signature skate decks for Supreme featuring imagery from the upcoming exhibit was released earlier this year and in the 17 giant pieces seen here in London, the themes of wanton Pop idolatry continue unabated. Says the artist of the new show, "Hulk Elvis represents for me both Western and Eastern culture, a sense of a guardian, a protector, that at the same time is capable of bringing the house down." Created by Koons' army of assistants (Koons designs, but does not actually paint the works) over the better part of the last year at his incredible Chelsea "factory," in Manhattan, the works are stunningly rendered with phenomenal photorealistic accuracy, a true testament to the unerring talent of his staff of painters (who work 8–12 hour shifts 5–7 days a week around the clock to execute the master's vision). With big shows by Murakami in New York and LA and Damien Hirst's latest tour-de-force, 2007 is turning out to be a real summer of Pop. Let's just hope it all means something...

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"Lobster," polychromed aluminium, steel & vinyl, 97" x 37"

KOONS' INSPIRATION:
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THE SUPREME DECKS:
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