Jeff Koons is widely regarded as one of the most important, influential, popular, and controversial artists of the postwar era. Throughout his career, he has pioneered new approaches to the readymade, tested the boundaries between advanced art and mass culture, challenged the limits of industrial fabrication, and transformed the relationship of artists to the cult of celebrity and the global market. Yet despite these achievements, Koons has never been the subject of a retrospective surveying the full scope of his career. Comprising almost 150 objects dating from 1978 to the present, this exhibition was the most comprehensive ever devoted to the artist’s groundbreaking oeuvre. By reconstituting all of his most iconic works and significant series in a chronological narrative, the retrospective allowed visitors to understand Koons’s remarkably diverse output as a multifaceted whole.
This exhibition was the artist’s first major museum presentation in New York, and the first to fill nearly the entirety of the Whitney’s Marcel Breuer building with a single artist’s work. It was also the final exhibition to take place there before the Museum opened its new building in the Meatpacking District in 2015.
Jeff Koons | filmed by Out of Sync | New York 2014
Camera and edit | Per Henriksen
Producer | Out of Sync
© Out of Sync 2014