The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Thursday, June 20, 2019

Rich sampling of several major bodies of recent work by Jeff Koons on view at Gagosian New York
Jeff Koons, Metallic Venus, 2010-2012. Mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating and live flowering plants, 100 x 52 x 40 inches. Edition of 3, plus 1 AP. © Jeff Koons. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Gagosian Gallery presents Jeff Koons’s first major exhibition at Gagosian New York, following exhibitions at Gagosian London and Gagosian Los Angeles over the last decade. It takes the form of a rich sampling of several major bodies of recent work, demonstrating how Koons's themes and formal approaches continue to overlap and interpenetrate across time.

With sources as diverse as children’s art, comic-book characters, and figures from classical antiquity, Koons continues to draw a common thread through cultural history, creating works that attempt to touch the core of the human psyche. Working through conceptual constructs including the new, the banal, and the sublime, he has taken his work from its literal, deadpan beginnings in readymades to baroque creations that extol innocence, beauty, sexuality, and happiness in confounding combinations of abstraction, figuration, sumptuous effect, and pure spectacle.

The Antiquity paintings (2009–13) pulse with complex layerings of image, reference, and chromatic nuance as Koons explores the historical oscillation of form in painting and sculpture, the movement back and forth between two and three dimensions, that underpins so much of his own artwork. At the center of each scene is a famous ancient or classical sculpture—so meticulously rendered in oil paint as to suggest both the third dimension and the stone out of which it is carved—symbolizing love, ardor, potency or fertility. Images of popular figurines or figures of popular culture, scaled to the same size as the sculptures, serve to further conflate the aesthetic registers of each painterly composition. The equally detailed backdrops include an Arcadian vision, a tiling of other artworks, and an expressionistic abstraction.

Two outsized Venus sculptures in mirror-polished stainless steel are the first sculptures to be completed in the Antiquity series. In one, Koons represents the much emulated classical erotic subject, The Callipygian Venus or Venus of the round buttocks, as a gleaming turquoise monochrome. The other is an astonishing interpretation of one of the world’s earliest known sculptures, the fecund Venus of Willendorf. The extreme contours of the original small figurine, transposed into a twisted balloon and enlarged to a colossal scale, become a complex of reflective magenta curves approaching total abstraction.

Works from the series Hulk Elvis range from precision-machined bronze sculptures, inspired by inflatable toys and extruded in three dimensions from popular cartoon sources, to granite monoliths. Hulk (Wheelbarrow) and Cannonballs (Hulk) are polychromed sculptures conceived simultaneously with the Hulk Elvis paintings of 2007. A black granite sculpture standing eight feet tall, Gorilla recalls Emmanuel Frémeit’s Gorilla Carrying off a Woman (1887), which influenced King Kong. Gorilla is based on a toy model that Koons purchased from a souvenir-vending machine at the Los Angeles Zoo.

The Celebration series, which Koons began working on twenty years ago, was inspired by an enduring fascination with childhood experiences and childlike consciousness. In dialogue with this body of work are three new sculptures Balloon Swan (Blue), Balloon Rabbit (Yellow), and Balloon Monkey (Red), for which children’s party favors are reconceived as mesmerizing monumental forms. With their impressive scale, fluid lines, and immaculate, mirror-like surfaces, they achieve a perfect tension between representation and abstraction.

Since Jeff Koons’s first solo show in 1980, his work has been widely exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions. Solo exhibitions include Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli (2003); Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2004, traveled to Helsinki City Art Museum in 2005); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2008); “Jeff Koons: Versailles,” Château de Versailles, France (2008–09); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2008); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; and Serpentine Gallery, London (all 2009); Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2011); Schirn Kunsthalle and Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, Frankfurt (2012). The Whitney Museum will present a major retrospective of his work in 2014.

Koons lives and works in New York City.

Today's News

May 9, 2013

Venice removes controversial Boy with Frog statue by American artist Charles Ray

Cezanne painting goes for $41.6 million at Sotheby's Auction of Impressionist and Modern Art

The New York Public Library unveils award-winning designs for new 53rd Street Library

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston reopens renovated Art of the Netherlands in the 17th Century Gallery

Rich sampling of several major bodies of recent work by Jeff Koons on view at Gagosian New York

Claremont's 75th brochure highlights antique carpets from "Second Golden Age of Persian Weaving"

Rare Renaissance bust by sculptor Benedetto da Rovezzano acquired by Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Discovered painting of Elizabeth I to go on display as National Portrait Gallery announces major exhibition

Photographs capture the imagination at Bonhams New York May 7 Photographs Auction

Galerie Jaeger Bucher in Paris announces the death of Swiss artist Michael Biberstein

Rare handscroll from the Qing Dynasty of China goes on display at Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

The Medici gem collectors of the Italian Renaissance come to Bowers Museum

"HEIMsuchung: Uncanny Spaces in Contemporary Art" opens at Kunstmuseum Bonn

Alison Blickle's "History of Magic Part 1... The Hermitage" on view at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

Howard Greenberg Gallery exhibition surveys the history and culture of 1963

Childe Hassam's 1920 oil painting "The East Hampton Elms in May" climbs to $288,000 at Shannon's

The ICA announces Katarina Burin as winner of the 2013 James and Audrey Foster Prize

Abraaj Group Art Prize 2014 Guest Curator announced

PULSE New York 2013 opens at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City

AAMD member museums to celebrate Art Museum Day on May 18

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Art of early man found in the greatest meteor crater on earth

2.- Exhibition celebrates Helmut Newton's 50-year career through a rare and unseen collection of vintage prints

3.- World's most costly painting on Saudi prince's yacht: report

4.- Sotheby's celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with an auction

5.- Domaine de Chantilly exhibits Leonardo da Vinci's 'Nude Mona Lisa'

6.- New book offers front-row seat to greatest concert in history

7.- The New York Botanical Garden opens its largest botanical exhibition ever

8.- The most famous car in the world: RM Sotheby's presents James Bond Aston Martin DB5

9.- Mexico unearths what may be historic recording of Frida Kahlo

10.- Exhibition of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's paintings marks centenary of his death

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful