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Jeff Koons, decorative art in the spotlight

Contemporary Art | The Jeff Koons retrospective circulating in 2014-15 between New York, Paris and Bilbao, of which the Gagosian Gallery is the main sponsor, shines new light on the « Neo Pop » and « post-Warholian » artist.

Jeff Koons, ’’Michael Jackson and Bubbles’’, 1988 (collection particulière) © Douglas M. Parker Studios, Los Angeles
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Jeff Koons, ’’Michael Jackson and Bubbles’’, 1988 (collection particulière)
© Douglas M. Parker Studios, Los Angeles

After his highly specialized early work, he advocated a nonhierarchical approach to art making through use of codes from decorative art, a phenomenon in synch with the marked development of the global luxury goods industry. The idea of eternity - petrifying the ephemeral - is a common thread, beyond his drawing on imagery from the collective memory and advertising. Through every series - « collectors objects » - that run through his work, the technical and artisanal realization is extremely sophisticated : inflatable objects, popular imagery, sexual antics, academic visions’ are successively rendered durable with the help of a particular savoir-faire or refined material treatment depending on the subject in question : bronze, stainless steel, polychrome wood, marble, a mixture of plaster, porcelain, Murano glass’ up to the complex internal systems of his monumental flower sculptures, Poppy or Spit-Rocker that would leave even André le Nôtre, Louis XIV’s gardener, green with envy.

Nina Rodrigues-Ely
Publié le 02/12/2014
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Jeff Koons, ’’Michael Jackson and Bubbles’’, 1988 (collection particulière) © Douglas M. Parker Studios, Los Angeles Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank (Dr. J Silver Series), 1985 / Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gerald S. Elliott Collection, 1995.55.A-K © DR Lifeboat, 1985 / Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gerald S. Elliott Collection, 1995.56.A-C © DR Rabbit, 1986 / Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Partial Gift of Stefan - T. Edlis and H. Gael Neeson, 2000.21 © DR Buster Keaton, 1988 / The Sonnabend collection et Antonio Homem © DR Large Vase of Flowers, 1991 / Sammlung Ludwig - Ludwig Forum fur Internationale Kunst, Aix-la-Chapelle © DR Self-Portrait, 1991 / Photo : Douglas M. Parker Studios, Los Angeles Collecton particulière © DR Balloon Dog (Magenta), 1994 - 2000 / Pinault collection - © Jeff Koons - crédit photo © DR

Jeff Koons, ’’Michael Jackson and Bubbles’’, 1988 (collection particulière)
© Douglas M. Parker Studios, Los Angeles

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