[Koons’s] work is packed with an art-historical consciousness, and critics and historians have linked it to Surrealism, Hyperrealism, Pop, Minimalism—you name it, it’s all in there—but the results are never didactic or academic. They’re as accessible as products in a supermarket.
—Ingrid Sischy, Vanity Fair, March 2001
Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition of eight new paintings by Jeff Koons. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles since 1987.
These new works for Gagosian are part of Koons’s ongoing Easyfun series, which was first shown in November 1999 in New York and includes a recent commission for the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, entitled Easyfun-Ethereal. The collage-like paintings are initially conceptualized through computer-scanned images that Koons pieces together, melding often unrelated objects; then, with photo-realistic precision, they are painted on to large canvases, bringing twenty-first-century technology to ancient technique.
Beneath their seemingly innocent and ecstatic cartoon surfaces, the paintings are psychologically charged with aspects of need, desire, and sexuality. This adult’s view of pleasure distinguishes the new paintings from his 1994 Celebration series, which viewed life through the eyes of a child. Even though both series employ many of the same techniques of execution, gone are the hard-edged surfaces of the Celebration paintings—everything in the new works has become wet-into-wet painting.
Koons incorporates a contemporary visual and psychological vocabulary, creating a new form of Pop art. He draws on imagery from our everyday lives—advertising, the media, food, sex, fashion—always taking the spectator on an unsuspecting journey. By using a common human vernacular, Koons’s work is instantaneously appealing to every one of its viewers, following the artist’s belief that “If there is art to my work, it is what the viewer walks away with.”
Jeff Koons’s Easyfun-Ethereal paintings from the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin collection will be traveling to the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain and to the Bienal de São Paulo. The artist is also the topic of an hour-long documentary being made for the German/French channel Arte, as well as the subject of features on CNN’s Business Unusual and PBS’s Egg: The Art Show, both to be aired this month. Recently Koons was presented with the prestigious German BZ Cultural Award in recognition of the creation of his sculpture Balloon Flower (1995–2000), which is installed on Potsdamer Platz, Berlin.
Gagosian Quarterly Fall 2019
The Fall 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring a detail from Sinking (2019) by Nathaniel Mary Quinn on its cover.
Intimate Grandeur: Glenstone Museum
Paul Goldberger tracks the evolution of Mitchell and Emily Rales’s Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland. Set amid 230 acres of pristine landscape and housing a world-class collection of modern and contemporary art, this graceful complex of pavilions, designed by architects Thomas Phifer and Partners, opened to the public in the fall of 2018.
Visions of the Self: Jenny Saville on Rembrandt
Jenny Saville reveals the process behind her new self-portrait, painted in response to Rembrandt’s masterpiece Self-Portrait with Two Circles.
Jeff Koons: Easyfun-Ethereal
Learn more about Jeff Koons’s Easyfun-Ethereal series in this video featuring Rebecca Sternthal, one of the organizers behind the most recent exhibition of these works in New York.
The Bigger Picture
Derek Blasberg speaks with Diane Brown, president and founder of RxArt, and with contributing artists Dan Colen, Urs Fischer, and Jeff Koons about the transformative power of visual art.
The Bigger Picture
Jeff Koons speaks with Alison McDonald and Maura Harty about his longstanding commitment to protecting the rights of children.
May 30–August 24, 2018
976 Madison Avenue, New York
March 10–April 21, 2018
555 West 24th Street, New York
Extended through August 18, 2017
April 27–August 18, 2017
Gazing Ball Paintings
November 9–December 23, 2015
West 21st Street, New York