“Jeff Koons” at the Fondation Beyeler

Posted May 22nd, 2012

Contemporary Art, Kitsch, Shows

The Fondation Beyeler is presenting the first exhibition ever devoted by a Swiss museum to the American artist Jeff Koons (b. 1955). Koons, likely the best-known living artist, has for decades been causing a furore with the combination of popular and high culture that informs his art.

Until September 2, 2012 at Fondation Beyeler : Our extensive presentation focuses on three central series of works — The New, Banality and Celebration — which represent crucial stages in Koons’s development and lead to the nucleus of his thinking and creative activity. The New comprises the ready-made-like cleaning appliances of his early period, symbols of newness and purity. Banality includes those traditionally crafted sculptures in porcelain and wood which have since become (post-)modern icons. Finally, in the Celebration series, on which Koons has been working for almost twenty years, appear high-gloss steel sculptures of unique material perfection, and large-format paintings in which the artist celebrates childhood in a veritably baroque way. Koons’s equally spectacular and subtle works are repeatedly concerned with themes such as innocence, beauty, sexuality and happiness. These reflect his conception of an art that is accessible to every viewer.

More over here.

- Review from Tagesanzeiger at World Crunch: Jeff Koons, Mastering The Art Of Artificiality - American artist Jeff Koons wows again in a new exhibit at the Beyeler Foundation outside Basel, Switzerland. Divided into three parts – the new, banality and celebration – the show is unapologetically trite but wholly seductive. (Read the original article in German)

Image above: Michael Jackson and Bubbles, 1988, Porzellan, 106,7 x 179,1 x 82,6 cm, The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica © Jeff Koons