MUST-SEE | “JEFF KOONS: A RETROSPECTIVE” AT THE WHITNEY, NYC

July 1, 2014  |  art

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Oceans of ink have been spilled (mainly in New York) debating the merits of the world's highest paid artist, aka: The King of Pop (Art), Jeff Koons. And while it's easy to denigrate the artist for his banal imagery, inhumanly slick finishes, and factory production line, there's no debating Koons' lasting influence on the art world (for better or worse) or, most importantly, the joy his work brings to millions of fans (many of whom discovered art for the first time via Koons' kitschy creations).

It is in that spirit that Jeff Koons: A Retrospective opened at the Whiney Museum in NYC last week, much to the consternation of critics and the joy of art lovers, as the last official show at the Whitney's current uptown location before the institution relocates to the more hip Meatpacking District. Given the artist's massive legacy it's hard to believe this is Koons' first-ever major museum show, and as such, it's packed with over 150 of Koons' greatest visual hits, from the iconic Michael Jackson statue and floating basketball sculptures to his Hulk paintings, life-sized Popeye casts, and vacuum cleaner readymades. The show also marks the debut of one of Koons' longest-running artworks, his new impossibly real Play-Dough sculpture flawlessly recreating in solid aluminum a mound of multicolored dough created by one of his children that's been 20 years in the making. 

In all—and as it should be—the exhibition is pure spectacle & raw visual power, and serves as a proper testament to the almost psychotic perfectionism and visionary prowess of one of the last true children of Warhol.

Recommended reading: NYTimes  Forbes  The Guardian  NYTimes 2

Listen to a guided tour of the exhibition Here

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Koons with NYC street artist Indie 184

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Koons indulges in a moment of self-appreciation...

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