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Jeff Koons: A Retrospective opens in New York

Jeff Koons: A Retrospective opens in New York

Anniversary celebrations at The Whitney


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Tuesday night saw the opening of Jeff Koons 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

Jeff Koons is widely regarded as one of the most important artists of the postwar era. Throughout his career, he has pioneered new approaches to the readymade and tested the boundaries between advanced art and mass culture – challenging the limits of industrial fabrication, and transforming 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 exploring the full scope of his career. Until now...

The Whitney Museum officially opened its new exhibition 'Jeff Koons: A Retrospective' on Tuesday night. Comprising almost 150 pieces dating from 1978 to the present day, the collection is the most comprehensive ever devoted to Koons. By reconstituting all of his most iconic works and significant series in a chronological narrative, the retrospective aims to allow visitors to understand Koons's remarkably diverse output as a multifaceted whole.

The opening night was attended by the who's who of the art world – including big time Koons collectors Edythe and Eli Broad, who own around 35 pieces by Koons, "I've been waiting for this for 20 years," Mrs. Broad told Jeff's wife Justine, "And I'm not going to miss it." Koons star has soared over the last few years, ever since the museum first revealed the retrospective as the last exhibit at its Madison Avenue building. Koons has enjoyed shows at the Larry Gagosian and David Zwirner galleries, collaborated with Dom Pérignon and most recently H&M on limited-edition products.  "It's Koons time," actress China Chow said. "He's king right now." She's not wrong... 

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CEO of Council of Fashion Designers, Steven Kolb 

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Isabella and Arianna Huffington

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Justine Wheeler Koons, Eli Broad, Edith Broad and Jeff Koons 

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 Art dealer Jeffrey Deitch and actress China Chow 

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Artist Cindy Sherman

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Jeff Koons with his mother Gloria Koons

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Model Alek Wek

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Stephanie Seymour Brant and Peter Brant 

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