Frieze is an international merging of art, power, money and celebrity. This photo released today shows two of the most powerful movers and shakers in the art world, artist Jeff Koons and his dealer Larry Gagosian. Artlyst has also released a vine video showing the sparse stand exhibiting only five works by Koons, a kind of mini solo show.
Draw your own conclusions as to the merit of Koons’ work. The public love it ,other artists and many critics loath it but it always surprises and is beautifully executed by highly skilled minions, in Koons’ New York studio. Comments welcome!
With sources as diverse as children’s art, comic-book characters, and figures from classical antiquity, Koons continues to draw a common thread through cultural history, creating works that attempt to touch the core of the human psyche. Working through conceptual constructs including the new, the banal, and the sublime, he has taken his work from its literal, deadpan beginnings in readymades to baroque creations that extol innocence, beauty, sexuality, and happiness in confounding combinations of abstraction, figuration, sumptuous effect, and pure spectacle.
Since Jeff Koons’s first solo show in 1980, his work has been widely exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions. Solo exhibitions include Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli (2003); Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2004, traveled to Helsinki City Art Museum in 2005); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2008); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2008); “Jeff Koons: Versailles,” Château de Versailles, France (2008-09); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2008-09); Serpentine Gallery, London (2009); Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2012); and Schirn Kunsthalle and Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, Frankfurt (2012). The Whitney Museum will present a major retrospective of his work in 2014.
Gagosian Gallery was established in 1980 by Larry Gagosian in Los Angeles. Attuned to the dynamics of today’s world, it has evolved into a global network, currently maintaining architect-designed exhibition spaces in eight cities. Over the last three decades, Gagosian has presented an unparalleled program of exhibitions by leading figures and the world’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. These exhibitions, which have placed Gagosian at the forefront of contemporary art, are accompanied by beautifully designed, scholarly catalogues and monographs. Catalogues raisonnés on selected artists are also published.
Photo: Power duo Larry Gagosian and artist Jeff Koons pose for photo-op on the Gagosian stand at London’s Frieze Art Fair.
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