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Jeff Koons Paintings, 2001–2013

March 1 @ 8:00 am - May 25 @ 5:00 pm

Source: Ocula

Skarstedt is thrilled to start the spring season with a solo exhibition of the American artist Jeff Koons. Presenting five mural-sized paintings executed between 2001 – 2013, the exhibition features work from his Easyfun-Ethereal series first commissioned by the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin in 2000, alongside artworks from the Popeye and Antiquity series. Admired for his role in democratising the often-didactic culture surrounding art and its institutions, these works embody American democracy and break down the barriers between high and low art. This exhibition serves as a testament to Koons’s radical vision, following in the footsteps of innovators such as Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp.

At once alluring and chaotic, Koons’s Easyfun-Ethereal series is renowned for its combination of iconography from mass media and childhood nostalgia, interlaced with faint echoes from art history to exude energy and joy. Its genesis stemmed from the enthusiastic public response to the ultra-reflective sculpture Balloon Flower (Blue) (1995-2000) installed in Potsdamer Platz at the turn of the century, prompting the Deutsche Guggenheim to commission seven canvases for a landmark exhibition in 2000. Travelling around the globe to the Guggenheim Bilbao and New York awarded the series widespread exposure and a further seventeen canvases were created by 2002. Using images of food, landscape and the human form, Koons created spectacular compositions that celebrate desire, pleasure and consumerism. Unlike the Easyfun series (1999-2000) which exclusively draws from pure, childlike imagery, this body of work features a more adult lexicon as exemplified by the seductive bikini bottoms overlaying an inflatable cartoon dog in Hot Dog (2002). Pancakes (2001), on the other hand, offers a sensory overload, where pancakes and peas invoke senses of smell and taste, the hands of touch, and the landscape of sights and sound.




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