Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

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This audio guide features commentary by artist Jeff Koons, Scott Rothkopf, the Whitney's Nancy and Steve Crown Family Curator and Associate Director of Programs, Michelle Kuo, editor of Artforum magazine, and Amy Adler, the Emily Kempin Professor at New York University Law School.

Jeff Koons, Antiquity

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Narrator: Take a look around this room. Koons called the series on view here Antiquity

Scott Rothkopf: You see, in the Antiquity series, references to the Venus of Willendorf, which is a Paleolithic sculpture. You see classical sculptures from the Greek and Roman era.

I think this is really about Koons trying to insert his practice into a very broad dialogue with the history of art.

Narrator: The subject of these sculptures may be ancient, but the technology used to produce them is cutting edge. Find Balloon Venus, the large, orange sculpture nearby. Here, Koons was not only interested in the surface. He wanted to make certain that the interior volumes accurately reflected the real twists and turns of a balloon copy of this Paleolithic form. He used a CT scanner, an x-ray scan ordinarily reserved for medical purposes, to make certain he had the details exactly right.

A steel sculpture of a balloon female figure.

Narrator: Take a look around this room. Koons called the series on view here Antiquity

Scott Rothkopf: You see, in the Antiquity series, references to the Venus of Willendorf, which is a Paleolithic sculpture. You see classical sculptures from the Greek and Roman era.

I think this is really about Koons trying to insert his practice into a very broad dialogue with the history of art.

Narrator: The subject of these sculptures may be ancient, but the technology used to produce them is cutting edge. Find Balloon Venus, the large, orange sculpture nearby. Here, Koons was not only interested in the surface. He wanted to make certain that the interior volumes accurately reflected the real twists and turns of a balloon copy of this Paleolithic form. He used a CT scanner, an x-ray scan ordinarily reserved for medical purposes, to make certain he had the details exactly right.


Jeff Koons, Balloon Venus (Orange), 2008–12. Mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating; 102 x 48 x 50 in. (259.1 x 121.9 x 127 cm). Collection of the artist. © Jeff Koons