Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Must We Take Jeff Koons Seriously Now?
Comedian Stephen Colbert called Jeff Koons “The world's most expensive birthday clown” when the artist famous for his giant balloon animals appeared on his show in 2012. A year later, one of Koons’ balloon dogs sold for $58.4 million, setting a record for the highest
paid for a work by a living artist, so Koons could laugh all the way to
the bank. Disdained by critics but loved by buyers, Koons and his work
have always struggled for critical acceptance, especially in New York
City, Koons’ base of operations. Finally, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents Jeff Koons: A Retrospective,
a museum-filling show featuring 150 objects dating from 1978 to what
one curator says are “literally works finished last week.” Is this the
official canonization of Jeff Koons into the pantheon of art history?
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