Jeff Koons: A Retrospective opens in New York
Anniversary celebrations at The Whitney
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...
CEO of Council of Fashion Designers, Steven Kolb
Isabella and Arianna Huffington
Justine Wheeler Koons, Eli Broad, Edith Broad and Jeff Koons
Art dealer Jeffrey Deitch and actress China Chow
Artist Cindy Sherman
Jeff Koons with his mother Gloria Koons
Model Alek Wek
Stephanie Seymour Brant and Peter Brant