An exhaustive Jeff Koons monograph with extensive biographical and analytical texts. The Art Edition is limited to 100 numbered copies, each signed by Jeff Koons and including a drawing specifically produced by Koons for this art edition, printed with silver foil on 32 x 42 cm (12.6 x 16.9 in.) Rives paper from Arche.
The drawing depicts a waterfall, a motif that forms the background behind the layers of pop-inflected imagery in several paintings of Koons’s current Hulk Elvis series. Each print is numbered and signed by the artist.
From kinky to kitsch to conceptual, Jeff Koons
’ art is anything but conformist. Since he stirred up the art world establishment in the 1980s with his unapologetic basketball sculptures and stainless steel toy blow-ups, Koons has been known as somewhat of a bad boy—a reputation he confirmed in the early 1990s via works depicting him having sex with then-wife Cicciolina, the Italian porn star-cum-politician. But at the same time he charmed the art world with Puppy
, a 40-foot tall floral terrier that now resides at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Koons’ exploitation of the banal, in the aggrandizement and/or embodiment of kitsch and pop imagery, has become his trademark; detractors may delight in their naysaying, but Koons’ work commands millions at auction and his position at the forefront of contemporary art
This exhaustive monograph
begins with a biographical essay by Ingrid Sischy
who tells the personal story of a dedicated artist unwilling to compromise his work even in torrid times. An essay by Eckhard Schneider
sees Koons from a European perspective. Arranged in chronological chapters by work groups, the main body of the book features art historian and critic Katy Siegel
’s detailed analyses alongside hundreds of large-format images, tracing Koons’ career from 1979 to today. Fans of Jeff Koons’ work will find in this publication not only a sumptuous book-object, but also the most comprehensive study of the artist’s work