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TEFAF Online New York 2020
Jeff Koons

November 1–4, 2020

Gagosian is pleased to participate in TEFAF Online New York 2020 with a special presentation of Cherubs (1991) by Jeff Koons.

A wall sculpture in polychromed wood, Cherubs forms a key part of Koons’s renowned Made in Heaven series (1989–91) and merges his investigation of kitsch aesthetics and commodity culture with a veneration of Baroque craftsmanship—it was carved by artisans from the Bavarian village of Oberammergau. In the work, the pastel-tinted, flower-decked busts of two angelic putti echo the rich gilding and ornamentation associated with ecclesiastical interiors of the Counter-Reformation. In an update for the modern era that also alludes to other works by Koons, a teddy bear is nestled within the upper figure’s fluttering wings. Making reference to the Rococo visions of Jean-Honoré Fragonard and François Boucher, and evoking the cavorting figures of Cupid or Eros, Cherubs combines the religious and the sensual, bringing divergent conceptions of taste and value into confrontation with one another.

A new essay on Cherubs by art historian Sydney Stutterheim and an associated video will be published on the Gagosian and TEFAF websites to accompany the presentation.

For further information on the work, please contact inquire@gagosian.com. To register for the fair, visit tefaf.com.

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Jeff Koons, Cherubs, 1991 © Jeff Koons. Photo: Rob McKeever

Jeff Koons, Cherubs, 1991 © Jeff Koons. Photo: Rob McKeever

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