A Closer Look at Jeff Koons

A Closer Look at Jeff Koons The Photograph Gallery

“JEFF KOONS: New Work and Sculpture” at Gagosian Gallery. Set up view. © Jeff Koons. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

The artwork of Jeff Koons captivates me, not due to the worth, his life, or his manufacturing unit-like course of. For me, the “artwork” is within the unworldly perfection of his objects, a degree of high quality so unbelievable that it could possibly solely be skilled or defined from three inches away.

At his present two-gallery exhibition in New York Metropolis, Design Milk was granted the uncommon alternative to photograph the paintings at extraordinarily shut vary. In case you nonetheless don’t consider what you see, I extremely advocate a go to to each Gagosian Gallery and David Zwirner Gallery, the place the work might be on view via the top of the month.

Gagosian Gallery boasts the bigger of the 2 exhibitions. The primary room incorporates photograph-actual work based mostly on digital collages of historic artwork, with such care and precision that brushstrokes are undetectable.

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JEFF KOONS “Antiquity 1″ 2009-2012. Oil on canvas. © Jeff Koons. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

A Closer Look at Jeff Koons in main art Category

“Antiquity 1″ (element). © Jeff Koons. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

A Closer Look at Jeff Koons in main art Category

“Antiquity 1″ (element). © Jeff Koons. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

The one proof that these are NOT excessive-high quality prints on canvas is a peak at an unframed edge.

A Closer Look at Jeff Koons in main art Category

“Antiquity 1″ (element). © Jeff Koons. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

A Closer Look at Jeff Koons in main art Category

JEFF KOONS “Hulk (Wheelbarrow)” 2004-2013. Polychromed bronze, combined media and reside flowering crops. © Jeff Koons. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

This unimaginable “Hulk” is just not plastic. Although he holds a wooden wheelbarrow with actual dwelling flowers (maybe a reference to the artist’s well-known “Pet”), the Hulk himself is solely painted bronze.

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“Hulk (Wheelbarrow)” (element). © Jeff Koons. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

A Closer Look at Jeff Koons in main art Category

“Hulk (Wheelbarrow)” (element). © Jeff Koons. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

Although the sculpture weighs a thousand occasions greater than an actual inflatable, there isn’t a visible distinction between it and the toy EXCEPT the tiny inflation valve on the again:  on an actual inflatable, this valve is translucent, however right here it have to be painted to LOOK translucent.

A Closer Look at Jeff Koons in main art Category

JEFF KOONS “Gorilla” 2006-2012, Black granite. © Jeff Koons. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

This eight-foot Gorilla, an enlargement of a tiny zoo memento, is neither plastic nor bronze. From inches away, what first seems to be mud is definitely the speckled grain of the black granite (just like my kitchen countertop) from which it was carved.

A Closer Look at Jeff Koons in main art Category

“Gorilla” (element) © Jeff Koons. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

A Closer Look at Jeff Koons in main art Category

“JEFF KOONS: New Work and Sculpture” at Gagosian Gallery. Set up view. © Jeff Koons. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photograph by Robert McKeever.

Koons’ most well-known work is undoubtedly his large “balloon animals” created from chrome steel. The excessive polish and clear paint coating create a convincing phantasm which you can see by way of the “balloons” when seen from farther again in individual. Up shut nevertheless, every sculpture (a blue swan, a purple monkey, and a yellow rabbit) perform as funhouse mirrors for his or her neighborhoods, drawing consideration to the flawless floor of the metallic.

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JEFF KOONS “Balloon Swan (Blue)” (element) 2004-2011. Excessive chromium chrome steel with clear shade coating. © Jeff Koons. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

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JEFF KOONS “Balloon Monkey (Pink)” (element) 2006-2013. Excessive chromium chrome steel with clear colour coating. © Jeff Koons. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

A Closer Look at Jeff Koons in main art Category

JEFF KOONS “Balloon Rabbit (Yellow)” (element) 2005-2010. Excessive chromium chrome steel with clear shade coating. © Jeff Koons. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

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“Jeff Koons: Gazing Ball” at David Zwirner Gallery. Set up view. © Jeff Koons. Courtesy David Zwirner Gallery

5 blocks away at David Zwirner Gallery, Koons presents his latest work: actual copies of historic Greco-Roman statues comprised of fragile white plaster, adorned with room-reflecting glass “gazing balls”.

As a result of the unique statues have been hand carved and weathered over greater than two thousand years, the accuracy of his reproductions is harder to guage… so he proves it with a snowman and a mailbox in the identical room.

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Jeff Koons “Gazing Ball (Snowman)” 2013, Plaster and glass. © Jeff Koons. Courtesy David Zwirner Gallery

This “inflatable snowman” is one hundred% strong white plaster.

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Jeff Koons “Gazing Ball (Snowman)” (element) © Jeff Koons. Courtesy David Zwirner Gallery

A Closer Look at Jeff Koons in main art Category

Jeff Koons “Gazing Ball (Mailboxes)” 2013, Plaster and glass. © Jeff Koons. Courtesy David Zwirner Gallery

My favourite piece of each exhibits is that this set of mailboxes. There isn’t a metallic, there isn’t a wooden, and most extremely of all, there isn’t a wire within the deal with of the bucket. ALL of it (besides the blue glass ball) is one hundred% strong plaster. Its excessive fragility made this probably the most nerve-racking piece to photograph up shut.

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Jeff Koons “Gazing Ball (Mailboxes)” (element) © Jeff Koons. Courtesy David Zwirner Gallery

A Closer Look at Jeff Koons in main art Category

Jeff Koons “Gazing Ball (Mailboxes)” (element) © Jeff Koons. Courtesy David Zwirner Gallery

A Closer Look at Jeff Koons in main art Category

Jeff Koons “Gazing Ball (Mailboxes)” (element) © Jeff Koons. Courtesy David Zwirner Gallery

A Closer Look at Jeff Koons in main art Category

Jeff Koons “Gazing Ball (Crouching Venus)” 2013 (element). Plaster and glass. © Jeff Koons. Courtesy David Zwirner Gallery

Solely after a memorized inspection of each element on the plaster mailboxes did I wander again by means of the exhibition to really respect the traditional reproductions, now assured that each chip was intentional and each imperfection… was completely good.

What: Jeff Koons: New Work and SculpturesWhere: Gagosian Gallery, 555 West twenty fourth St, New York, NYWhen: Might 9 – July three, 2013

What: Jeff Koons: Gazing BallWhere: David Zwirner Gallery, 525 W nineteenth St, New York, NYWhen: Might eight – June 29, 2013

Until in any other case famous, all pictures have been photographed by the writer, courtesy of Jeff Koons Studio, Gagosian Gallery, and David Zwirner Gallery.

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