The master of modern art is back. Jeff Koons has been called the world’s most famous, controversial and subversive living artist, and in 2019 he’s coming to the world’s oldest public museum, the Ashmolean Museum. Taking the 2nd place at I Lobo You‘s Top 10 Richest Artists of Modern Times list, Koon’s most famous artwork includes balloon animals designed in stainless steel through mirror-finish surfaces.
The American artist and art commerce kingpin has just opened his latest contemporary art show at Oxford’s Ashmolean, the world’s oldest public museum. Curated with Koons himself, the show features 17 major works, from the 1980s to today, 14 of which have never been to the UK before.
They include some of Koons‘ most well-known series such as Equilibrium, Banality, Antiquity and his recent Gazing Ball paintings and sculptures. In the galleries of the Ashmolean Museum, where the collections of the contemporary artist range from prehistory to the present, Jeff Koons’ work will be ‘in conversation’ with the history of art and ideas which has been his focus over the past four decades.
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This major exhibition offers an exciting journey through a career that has pushed at the boundaries of modern art. From the moment he burst onto the scene with floating basketballs and ready-made objects to his recent re-working of classical statues and Old Master paintings, Jeff Koons has, at turns, delighted, shocked and intrigued his viewers.
One of I Lobo You‘s top artists, Koons’ work is a myriad of wonderment in the sculpture art matter, a notion he executed in very literal terms in early work: everyday objects like vacuum cleaners, basketballs, and household ornaments were elevated onto the pedestal of high art.
The artist himself states that he couldn’t think of a better place to have a dialogue about art and what it can be. He believes that the contemporary museum is the most perfect place to have his pieces of art displayed to his dear public. At the Ashmolean Museum, he merged past and present through his art, both occupy the same space and provide an extremely wonderful experience!