Jeff Koons’ first major exhibition at Gagosian New York, “New Painting And Sculpture” takes the form of a rich sampling of several major bodies of recent work, demonstrating how Koons’ themes and formal approaches continue to overlap. The Antiquity paintings (2009–13) pulse with complex layerings of image, reference, and chromatic nuance as Koons explores the historical oscillation of form in painting and sculpture – the movement back and forth between two and three dimensions. Two outsized Venus sculptures in mirror-polished stainless steel are the first sculptures to be completed in the Antiquity series.
Works from the series Hulk Elvis range from precision-machined bronze sculptures, inspired by inflatable toys and extruded in three dimensions from popular cartoon sources, to granite monoliths. The Celebration series was inspired by an enduring fascination with childhood experiences and childlike consciousness. In dialogue with this body of work are three new sculptures Balloon Swan (Blue), Balloon Rabbit (Yellow) and Balloon Monkey (Red), for which children’s party favors are reconceived as mesmerizing monumental forms.