ARTIST FEATURE / JEFF KOONS /


‘Jeff Koons: A Retrospective’ takes a look at the career of one of the greatest modern art masters of our time. American artist Jeff Koons first came to the forefront of the art world in the 80s when he was a part of a group of artists who were exploring the meaning of art, its purpose and its importance. His works can be divided in to various series throughout his career, with periods of his life dedicated to specific bodies of work.

Koons is best known for his loud wide-scale sculptures of banal objects; for example his Balloon Dogs, the mirror-polished stainless steel forms based on the twisted shapes of balloon dogs. Another is Puppy, a 13m tall topiary sculpture of a West Highland White Terrier puppy, made entirely of marigolds, begonias, impatiens and petunias to name but a few.

The Equilibrium Series is another to note; Koons worked with Nobel-Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman to develop tanks filled with a unique mix of distilled water and salt to enable basketballs to remain suspended in the centre of the water. It is works like these that make Koons such an enigma. His ability to transform such banal objects in to visual masterpieces makes this exhibition not one to miss.

Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at 75th St. New York City
Currently showing 'till October 19th 2014