Wish You Were Here, Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

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Jeff Koons is widely regarded as one of the most important, influential, popular, and controversial artists of the postwar era. This exhibition is the artist’s first major museum presentation in New York, and the first to fill nearly the entirety of the Whitney’s Marcel Breuer building with a single artist’s work. It is also the final exhibition to take place there before the Museum opens its new building in the Meatpacking District in 2015.

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“Koons moved to New York in 1977 after completing his studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While there he had been making paintings inspired by his dreams and the work of his hero Salvador Dalí. In New York, he took a job selling memberships at the Museum of Modern Art, where he encountered recent Conceptual Art and the readymades of Marcel Duchamp. For Koons, these unaltered industrial products engaged the everyday world more directly than the images he had painted from his fantasies. His first experiments with the readymade involved the cheap inflatables he found scouring novelty shops in downtown Manhattan. He used these toys to turn his East Village apartment into a riotous installation and to make sculptures that explore the fetishes and other irrational forces driving consumer culture.”

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“While Koons’s previous art-historical references spanned decades or centuries, in Antiquity he looks across millennia to Paleolithic and classical precedents that evoke the themes of love, beauty, and desire.”

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“The layered compositions of Koons’s canvases—with a grinning monkey, an erotic scene from a Japanese print, and a linear depiction of a horse-drawn carriage confronting a train—suggest sexual union, the clash of opposing worlds, permanence and evanescence, and a sense of power and confidence made all the more compelling by the threat of obsolescence and deflation.”

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If you would like to see more pics from the exhibition make sure and check out my instagram @behindthemirrorbeauty.

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  • Omar Espina Calvo

    I remember one class, like 2 years ago, it had nothing to do with art but still we talked about him and his interpretation of life thru art.
    I’d love to see his exhibit, but with your post it’s more than enough


    • http://behindthemirrorbeauty.com/ Behind the Mirror

      Thank you so much. I really appreciate your comment. I am so happy to share the photos especially if you can’t make to the exhibit.

  • http://lestylorouge.com/ Ashley White

    Such a cool exhibit! :)


    • http://behindthemirrorbeauty.com/ Behind the Mirror

      Thanks so much! It was cool to understand a bit more about him. :)

  • http://www.royalhangers.com/ Mel Canseco

    Koons… wow, you either love him or you hate him.

    I don’t know how I feel honestly. Some work I love and other
    just feels like 90′s kids bedroom (guilty)


    • http://behindthemirrorbeauty.com/ Behind the Mirror

      That is definitely the best way to describe Koons! You either love him or you hate him, and 90′s kids bedroom is so right on! :D

  • http://montserratsobral.wordpress.com Montserrat Sobral

    <3 <3 <3

  • http://365hangers.com/blog/ 365hangers

    We are such major koons fans. One of the huge balloon animal pieces was at the LACMA and we were so enamored. So hard to believe it’s made of metal and not plastic. Brilliant artist!

    xx 365hangers

    • http://behindthemirrorbeauty.com/ Behind the Mirror

      The balloon pieces that looked like plastic blew me away… I really wanted to touch them to confirm they were in fact NOT plastic. (of course, you aren’t allowed to touch, lol) It really was so interesting.

  • Coco

    I’m not that keen on his work to be honest!! Happy Sunday dear!
    Coco et La vie en rose / Bloglovin / Facebook

    • http://behindthemirrorbeauty.com/ Behind the Mirror

      For the most part I am with you… I was never that big of a Koons fan. However, after the retrospective I had more respect for his work, mainly the raw materials and the connection he made between art and everyday things. It caught my attention in a refreshing sort of way… but I get that it isn’t for everyone. Thanks for stopping by!!

  • Beauty Follower

    Many years ago i had been in one of his exhibitions!

  • Hajdi Djukic

    Incredible artist! His work is really inspiring and fantastic :-D

    • http://behindthemirrorbeauty.com/ Behind the Mirror

      So glad you found the inspiration in his work too!

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