Jeff Koons: Skin Fruit

A View of a Collection

This volume offers a fascinating inside look at the controversial Skin Fruit exhibition, curated by Jeff Koons from the Dakis Joannou Collection in 2010. The photographs in this book, composed by Koons himself as he installed the show capture a sequence of startling encounters: disparate artworks in eloquent communication with one another, just as they live in the collection. Guiding the reader through the exhibition room by room, alongside a pensive and candid commentary by Koons, Skin Fruit: A View of a Collection offers a rare opportunity to delve inside the artist’s private thoughts on collecting, curating and the nature of art. “I enjoyed installing the exhibition, letting the works have the opportunity to interact with each other because that’s what happens in a collection,” says Koons. “It’s a salon-type experience. There is no hierarchy of worth or value. There is just interaction and communication.”


Publisher: Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art

Artists: Jeff Koons

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 in (21.6 x 29.2 cm)

Pages: 92

Reproductions: Illustrated throughout

ISBN: 9781935202776

Retail: $25 US & Canada | £15 | €20

Status: Available

Jeff Koons

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.

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