By Hans Werner Holzwarth
Jeff Koons’ art revels in visual pleasure, but also in the power to affront. The creations of Koons (born 1955) are at once immediately accessible and eloquently art historical. From basketball tanks to flower puppies, his instantly recognizable work frolics with banal imagery as much as it integrates cultural references such as Surrealism and Pop Art.
He has made his name as much for stainless-steel rabbits as he has with his sinister sculpture of Michael Jackson, or his sexually explicit photographic series with then-wife Cicciolina. The result is mega-artist status. An indisputable king of contemporary visual culture, Koons is lauded by collectors, institutions, and the public alike.
Katy Siegel, Hans Werner Holzwarth and Eckhard Schneider introduces an art world giant from his early inflatable flowers through to today - the complete Koons at a glance featuring landmark works and concise texts.
Each book in Taschen’s Basic Art series features a detailed chronological summary of the life and oeuvre of the artist, covering his or her cultural and historical importance, a concise biography, and approximately 100 illustrations with explanatory captions.
Hardcover, 96 pages
Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.5 x 0.5 inches
“I’ve made what the Beatles would have made if they had made sculpture.” — Jeff Koons