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.
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.
Publié le 02/12/2014
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