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Exhibition

Jun 27 - Oct 19

2014
Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, New York, , 10021, USA
  • “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective”. Photos by Julio Gamboa for HG Issue.

  • “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective”. Photos by Julio Gamboa for HG Issue.

  • “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective”. Photos by Julio Gamboa for HG Issue.

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“Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

The Whitney Museum of American Art pays tribute to one of the most celebrated artists of our times with a major exhibition, titled “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective”. This is the most comprehensive exhibition ever to focus solely on the work of Jeff Koons and it’s also the first to fill nearly the entirety of the Whitney’s Marcel Breuer building with a single artist’s work. The exhibition, which is organized by curator and Associate Director of Programs Scott Rothkopf, will feature almost 150 works dating from 1978 to the present, including various never seen before pieces, in an attempt to cast a light on the 35-year career of the American artist. From his vinyl “Inflatables” and his early Plexiglas-enclosed displays of vacuum cleaners to his pseudo-baroque sculptures of subjects like Michael Jackson and his iconic “Balloon Dogs”, Koons’ works have always been characterized as ironic and controversial, often polarizing critics and audiences. Largely influenced by Surrealism, Dada and Pop Art, Koons is the most expensive living artist at auction in the world. Since the very beginning of his career he has shown an extraordinary ability to connect with the spectator, thanks in part to his hyper-realistic, colorful works that appropriate and recontextualize every-day objects and speak directly to the collective unconsciousness.

“He has pioneered new approaches to the readymade, tested the boundaries between advanced art and mass culture, and challenged the limits of industrial fabrication in works of great beauty and emotional intensity. Outside of his studio, Koons has transformed the relationship of artists to the cult of celebrity and the global market to become one of the best-known visual artists alive today,” say the Whitney museum officials about his work. “Koons is widely known as the maker of a handful of iconic objects, but this retrospective will for the first time demonstrate how they fit together as part of a compelling and multifaceted story that will surprise even those familiar with his work,” adds Scott Rothkopf, the curator of the exhibition. “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective”, which is Whitney’s last major presentation before the museum moves to its new Meatpacking District building in 2015, will be on view from June 27 to October 19, 2014. Following its New York unveiling, it will travel to Paris’ Centre Pompidou (November 26, 2014-April 27, 2015) and to the Guggenheim Bilbao (June 5–September 27, 2015).

HG Issue, of course, couldn’t miss this unprecedented exhibition and is excited to bring you an exclusive look of the show, as seen through the lens of photographer Julio Gamboa. Enjoy!