Jeff Koons At The AshmoleanBooks
Jeff Koons's first UK museum exhibition in a decade will be held at the Ashmolean Museum in spring 2019. Curated by Koons himself with the Museum's director, Xa Sturgis, and Sir Norman Rosenthal, the show will feature eighteen major works spanning the artist's entire career and his most well-known series including Equilibrium, Statuary, Banality, Antiquity; and his recent Gazing Ball sculptures and paintings which will come to the UK for the first time.
Dr Xa Sturgis, Director of the Ashmolean, says: ""In showing Jeff Koons at the Ashmolean, the world's oldest public museum where the collections range from prehistory to the present, this exhibition will provoke a conversation between his work and the history of art and ideas with which his work engages. And it will provoke a conversation, we know, amongst the people who see it.'
Jeff Koons is surrounded by superlatives. Since he burst onto the contemporary art scene in the 1980s he has been described as the most famous, important, subversive, controversial and expensive artist in the world. From his earliest works Koons has explored the ""readymade' and appropriated image - using unadulterated found objects, and creating replicas of ancient sculptures and Old Masters paintings which almost defy belief in their craftsmanship and precision. Throughout his career he has pushed at the boundaries of contemporary art practice, stretching the limits of what is possible.