Jeff Koons: Conversations with Norman Rosenthal
Jeff Koons has always remained guarded about his intellectual life, influences, and motivation, but now the distinguished curator and long-time Koons friend and collaborator, Sir Norman Rosenthal has, for the first time, removed that guard. This important book provides the most revealing portrait yet of Jeff Koons’s singular personality and artistic vision. Rosenthal’s masterful interviews, conducted over four years, give unparalleled access to Koons’s thoughts, disclosing the artist undistorted and in his own words. As well as examining all his major series in depth, from his first inflatables to his latest series on antiquities, the interviews shed new light on the artist’s interest in other artists’s works, reveal the significance of his youth and family life on his art, and explain the key concepts of his practice, such as his ideas on self-acceptance, banality, ecstasy, and sex.
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Artists: Jeff Koons
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 7 x 9 3/4 in (17.8 x 24.8 cm)
Reproductions: Illustrated throughout
Retail: $30 US & Canada | £20 | €25
One of the most prominent artists working today, Jeff Koons is well known for his bold paintings and sculptures. Typically working in series, his art holds up a mirror to contemporary consumer culture, using the photorealistic, commercial aesthetic familiar from an earlier generation of Pop artists to generate his own unique and universally recognizable style. His subjects range from toys to inflatables to household items to luxury goods and sexualized imagery. His references to popular media are evidenced not merely in his choice of subject matter but also in his visual techniques: his sculptures often involve smooth, glistening surfaces while his paintings employ bright and saturated colors.