Jeff Koons (born 1955) has created a unique visual universe, as accessible as it is esoteric, as innocent as it is erotic, as historic as it is here and now. In the process, he has become a giant of contemporary visual culture, lauded by collectors, institutions, and the public alike.
After the sell-out Collector’s Edition monograph, this trade edition brings the same overview of Koons’s unique oeuvre, just with a smaller format and softer price tag. Basketballs in tanks! Stainless-steel blow-ups! Topiary dog sculptures! The sinister sculpture of Michael Jackson and Bubbles. It’s all here, testament to a key tastemaker and -shifter of our time, who has imbued the trivial with import with a breadth and rigor rivaling Warhol.
The book includes a biographical essay, an analysis of Koons from a European perspective, and a scholarly study of his work. A sumptuous objet d’art and the definitive overview of Koons’s work.
Eckhard Schneider was head of the Nordhorn Municipal Gallery 1976-89, business manager and artistic director of the Kunstverein Hannover, 1990-2000, and Director of Kunsthaus Bregenz 2000-08. His is currently general manager of the PinchukArtCentre in Kiev, Ukraine.
Katy Siegel is an associate professor of art history and criticism at Hunter College-CUNY, and a contributing editor to Artforum. She has written extensively about modern and contemporary art including, most recently, catalogue essays on Richard Tuttle, Takashi Murakami, and Dana Schutz.
Ingrid Sischy (1952-2015) was a Contributing Editor for Vanity Fair. A former staff writer, photography and fashion critic at The New Yorker, she was editor in chief of Interview, 1989-2008. She has profiled Keith Haring, David Hockney, Jeff Koons, Nicole Kidman, and Madonna, among many others.
Hans Werner Holzwarth is a book designer and editor based in Berlin, with numerous publications mainly on contemporary art and photography. For TASCHEN he has edited, among other titles, Jeff Koons, Christopher Wool, Albert Oehlen, Neo Rauch and Ai Weiwei.