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Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

June 27–Oct 19, 2014

Jeff Koons, New Hoover Convertibles, Green, Blue; New Hoover Convertibles, Green, Blue; Double-Decker, 1981–87. Vacuum cleaners, plexiglass, and fluorescent lights, 116 × 41 × 28 in. (294.6 × 104.1 × 71.1 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from The Sondra and Charles Gilman Jr. Foundation Inc. and the Painting and Sculpture Committee  89.30a-v. © Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons, Moon (Light Pink), 1995–2000. Mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating; 130 × 130 × 40 in. (330.2 × 330.2 × 101.6 cm). Collection of the artist. © Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons is widely regarded as one of the most important, influential, popular, and controversial artists of the postwar era. Throughout his career, he has pioneered new approaches to the readymade, tested the boundaries between advanced art and mass culture, challenged the limits of industrial fabrication, and transformed the relationship of artists to the cult of celebrity and the global market. Yet despite these achievements, Koons has never been the subject of a retrospective surveying the full scope of his career. Comprising more than 120 objects dating from 1978 to the present, this exhibition will be the most comprehensive ever devoted to the artist’s groundbreaking oeuvre. By reconstituting all of his most iconic works and significant series in a chronological narrative, the retrospective will allow visitors to understand Koons’s remarkably diverse output as a multifaceted whole.

This exhibition will be the artist’s first major museum presentation in New York, and the first to fill nearly the entirety of the Whitney’s Marcel Breuer building with a single artist’s work. It will also be the final exhibition to take place there before the Museum opens its new building in the Meatpacking District in 2015. 

Jeff Koons: A Retrospective is organized by Scott Rothkopf, Nancy and Steve Crown Family Curator and Associate Director of Programs.

The exhibition travels to the Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris (November 26, 2014–April 27, 2015) and to the Guggenheim Bilbao (June 5–September 27, 2015).

This exhibition is sponsored by Bank of America and Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd.

Major support is provided by Gagosian Gallery.

Works from the Exhibition

Jeff Koons, New Hoover Convertibles, Green, Blue; New Hoover Convertibles, Green, Blue; Double-Decker, 1981–87. Vacuum cleaners, plexiglass, and fluorescent lights, 116 × 41 × 28 in. (294.6 × 104.1 × 71.1 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from The Sondra and Charles Gilman Jr. Foundation Inc. and the Painting and Sculpture Committee  89.30a-v© Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons, New! New Too!, 1983. Lithograph billboard mounted on cotton; 123 × 272 in. (312.4 × 690.9 cm). Collection of the artist. © Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons, New Hoover Celebrity III’s, 1980. Two vacuum cleaners, acrylic, and fluorescent lights; 56 × 11 30 × 12 1/2 in. (142.2 × 7627.9 2 × 31.8 cm). Collection of Jeffrey Deitch. ©Jeff Koons.
Jeff Koons, One Ball Total Equilibrium Tank (Spalding Dr. J 241 Series), 1985. Glass, steel, sodium chloride reagent, distilled water, and basketball; 64 3/4 × 30 3/4 × 13 1/4 in. (164.5 × 78.1 × 33.7 cm). B.Z. and Michael Schwartz. ©Jeff Koons.
Jeff Koons, Aqualung, 1985. Bronze; 27 × 17 1/2 × 17 1/2 in. (68.6 × 44.5 × 44.5 cm). Private Collection, New York. © Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons, Board Room, 1985. Framed Nike poster; 31 1/2 × 45 1/2 in. (80 × 115.6 cm) JPMorgan Chase Art Collection. © Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons, Aqui Bacardi, 1986. Oil inks on canvas; 45 × 60 in. (114.3 × 152.4 cm). Ostrow Family Collection. © Jeff  Koons
Jeff Koons, I Could Go For Something Gordon’s, 1986. Oil inks on canvas; 45 × 86 1/2 in. (114.3 × 219.7 cm). Allison and Warren Kanders. © Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons, Louis XIV, 1986. Stainless steel; 46 × 27 × 15 in. (116.8 × 68.6 × 38.1 cm). Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas. © Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons, Ushering in Banality, 1988. Polychromed wood; 38 × 62 × 30 in. (96.5 × 157.5 × 76.2 cm). Private Collection. © Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons, Moon (Light Pink), 1995–2000. Mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating; 124 × 124 × 40 in. (315 × 315 × 101.6 cm). Collection of the artist. ©Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons, Split-Rocker (Orange/Red), 1999. Polychromed aluminum; 13 1/2 × 14 1/2 × 13 in. (34.3 × 36.8 × 33 cm). B. Z. and Michael Schwartz. ©Jeff Koons
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In the News

“Before Whitney’s Move, a Koons Retrospective”
The New York Times