Jeff Koons

Overview

In 1975, a young art student named Jeff Koons (b. 1955) moved to Chicago, where he studied at the School of the Art Institute; worked as a studio assistant to his hero, painter Ed Paschke, for $1 an hour; and socialized with many of the city’s most talented artists. This handsome book takes a fresh look at the rise and career of Jeff Koons, who is now arguably one of the world’s most famous artists. 

Koons collaborated extensively on this book, which accompanies the first ...

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Overview

In 1975, a young art student named Jeff Koons (b. 1955) moved to Chicago, where he studied at the School of the Art Institute; worked as a studio assistant to his hero, painter Ed Paschke, for $1 an hour; and socialized with many of the city’s most talented artists. This handsome book takes a fresh look at the rise and career of Jeff Koons, who is now arguably one of the world’s most famous artists. 

Koons collaborated extensively on this book, which accompanies the first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. in 16 years and offers a survey of nearly thirty years of his work, beginning with iconic sculptures from 1979 to new paintings completed in 2007. Francesco Bonami reconsiders his career, making intriguing connections to the work of Andy Warhol, A. A. Milne, Marcel Duchamp, and Gustave Courbet, among others. This is the first publication to explore a little-known but highly influential period in the artist’s career––his time in Chicago in the 1970s. It also provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to Koons’s work for new audiences and short texts about each of his series and many major works.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300141948
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 7/14/2008
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Francesco Bonami is Artistic Director of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery and a former Manilow Senior Curator at the MCA. He served as chief curator of the 50th Venice Biennale. Lynne Warren is Curator at the MCA and editor of Art in Chicago, 1945–1995.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Madeleine Grynsztejn Grynsztejn, Madeleine 5

Introduction Francesco Bonami Bonami, Francesco 6

Lenders to the Exhibition 7

Koons 'R' Us Francesco Bonami Bonami, Francesco 8

A Conversation Lynne Warren Warren, Lynne Jeff Koons Koons, Jeff 16

Plates

Pre-New, the New 28

Equilibrium 34

Luxury and Degradation 42

Statuary, Kiepenkerl 50

Banality 58

Made in Heaven 70

Celebration 80

Easyfun, Easyfun-Ethereal, Elephant 88

Popeye 98

Hulk Elvis 108

List of Plates 113

Biography 116

Selected Bibliography 124

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