Jeff Koons: A Retrospective at the Whitney celebrates the end of an era
Spring of 2015 will mark the opening of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new downtown location, but not before it shutters its uptown Breuer building with a bang…or a party, at that. Jeff Koons has kindly offered to bring the cake and party favors, supplying an array of work spanning three decades of his illustrious career.
Jeff Koons: A Retrospective marks the artist’s first large museum presentation in New York, as well as The Whitney’s first, one-man show taking over of the entire gallery space. With 150 pieces organized by Nancy and Steve Crown Family Curator and Associate Director of Programs, Scott Rothkopf, the retrospective features a large-scale, dog balloon animal sculpture (manufactured from steel, believe it or not) and a hyper-realistic painting of a slice of birthday cake, sitting atop crumpled foil cellophane.
The Pennsylvania-born Jeff Koons is known as an indelible force in the Pop Art scene since his start in the early 80’s. Koons is legendary for his reconstruction of banal objects (inflatable toys, patio chairs and vaccums), and conjuring them into a subversive punch line. His knack for re-appropriating iconoclastic images lends itself to his stark commentary on consumer culture and obsession in America.
Rothkopf remarks: “Koons is widely known as the maker of a handful of iconic objects, but this retrospective will, for the first time, demonstrate how they fit together as part of a compelling and multifaceted story that will surprise even those familiar with his work. The incredible range of his materials, subjects, scales, formal approaches and techniques is virtually unparalleled and will make for a dramatic narrative full of plot twists and discoveries.”
The Whitney will be committing four floors of sprawling gallery space (not to mention a courtyard) to the Koons retrospective which will cover fourteen of his series’, including his newest installment, “Play-doh,” a sculpture that took twenty years to conceive. The retrospective will be available at the Whitney Museum until October 19th, 2014.