Wednesday, 4 July 2012

jeff koons at the beyeler foundation - part 2


woman in tub, 1988
porcelain
60,3 x 91,4 x 68,6 cm
privatsammlung

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jeff koons
fondation beyeler, basel, switzerland
on now through september 2nd, 2012


fondation beyeler is the first swiss art institution to dedicate an exhibition to distinguished american artist jeff koons.
the retrospective focuses on three central collections - 'the new', 'banality' and 'celebration' - formed by koons over the course of his
artistic practice which began in the 1980s.

'the new' is koons' earliest body of work, composed of readymade-like cleaning appliances. 'celebration' is a series of
high-gloss steel sculptures and large-format paintings in which koons addresses childhood in a baroque way,
and which he has continued to develop extensively over the last 20 years.

the showcase is a culmination of the various themes in which koons' has worked with, offering a survey of the contrasting materials
and aesthetics he has utilized in his art, all of which create a sense of nostalgia, the mammoth-sized figures and forms,
making the viewer feel small in relation, much like a child in a fantastical world.



woman in tub, 1988
porcelain
60,3 x 91,4 x 68,6 cm
privatsammlung

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in 1988, koons created 'banality', his most groundbreaking collection of sculptures crafted in porcelain and wood
which have since become (post-)modern icons. the series' central theme is that of the association between human and animal
which characterizes many of the pieces which are based on concepts of innocence and guilt, expressed through aesthetic means
of the forgiveness of sins and the dissolution of the notion of guilt, whereby the frequent recourse to saints or individuals
associated with sacredness can be seen. the overall imagery represented through 'banality' is derived from renaissance and baroque art,
popular culture and the world of toys and postcards, transforming in scale, medium or material from sculpture to sculpture,
making his work accessible reflecting koons' ideal that art reconciles all oppositions in order to reach as large of an audience as possible.

see PART 1 of designboom's coverage of jeff koons at the beyeler foundation.



cat on a clothesline (aqua), 1994-2001
rotationally molded polyethylene
312,4 x 279,4 x 127 cm
besitz des k√ľnstlers

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popples, 1998
porcelain
74,3 x 58,4 x 30,5 cm
sammlung scharpff

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fait d'hiver, 1988
porcelain
49,5 x 160 x 80 cm
the rachel and jean-pierre lehmann collection

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pink panther, 1988
porcelain
104,1 x 52,1 x 48,3 cm
courtesy of the brant foundation, greenwich, connecticut

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stacked, 1988
polychromed wood
154,9 x 134,6 x 78,7 cm
privatsammlung

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