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September 2014

What Jeff Koons has wrought

by Eric Gibson

On “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” at the Whitney Museum of American Art.


Jeff Koons, Balloon Dog (Yellow), 1994 – 2000. Mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating; 121 x 143 x 45 in. (307.3 x 363.2 x 114.3 cm). Private collection. © Jeff Koons.

The Whitney Museum of American Art has mounted a Jeff Koons retrospective as the swansong in its uptown Breuer building before reopening in its new, Renzo Piano–designed space in Chelsea next spring.1 Besides his stratospheric auction prices, Koons is famous for industrially produced pop imagery such as inflatable hearts and balloon dogs, all of it turned out on a large, some ...

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Eric Gibson is the Leisure & Arts Features Editor of The Wall Street Journal.


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This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 33 September 2014, on page 43

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