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Jeff Koons

Some Aesthetic Decisions: A Centennial Celebration of Marcel Duchamp's Fountain (group show)
NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale
14 May - 3 September 2017

One hundred years ago, Dada artist Marcel Duchamp forever changed the nature of art when he submitted Fountain, a porcelain urinal signed R. Mutt for the Society of Independent Artists exhibition in New York (April 9, 1917). This exhibition was an open call to artists in which any submission would be shown. Duchamp, who was on the Society’s board, tested the limits of the organization’s guidelines by anonymously submitting what would become his most famous readymade (an ordinary manufactured object that he designated as a work of art). The subsequent rejection of Duchamp’s Fountain by the exhibition’s organizers ignited a controversy that continues today about the definition of art and who gets to pass judgment.

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale marks this landmark 100th anniversary with the exhibition Some Aesthetic Decisions: A Centennial Celebration of Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain. On view from May 14 – September 3, 2017, it features works by artists including Duchamp, Cory Arcangel, John Baldessari, Sophie Calle, Judy Fiskin, Sherrie Levine, Jeff Koons, Jorge Pardo, Francis Picabia, Julian Schnabel, Andy Warhol, Kara Walker and others in a variety of mediums that address issues of beauty, value and judgment. The exhibition is organized by NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale.

The exhibition addresses the multiple issues Fountain raised regarding aesthetics, including the act of making value judgements, the difference between taste and aesthetics, and whether everyone has the capacity to be receptive to the aesthetic condition of works of art. Works in the exhibition that are key to these issues include John Baldessari’s photographic book Choosing Green Beans, 1974, which demonstrates the randomness of aesthetic judgment; Sophie Calle’s The Blind, 1986, a series of photographs in which she asked individuals blind from birth to describe something beautiful, which she then photographed; Andy Warhol’s 1964 Brillo Soap Pads Box, Heinz Tomato Ketchup Box, Campbell’s Tomato Juice Box and Del Monte Peach Halves Box, replicas of commercial packaging that question the valuation of art; and Jeff Koons’ sculptures, Balloon Dog (Blue), 1994-2000 and Inflatable Flower and Bunny (Tall White and Pink Bunny), 1979, that combine fine craftsmanship with kitsch subjects.

NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale


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The Sonnabend Collection. Part II (group show)
Museu Serralves, Porto
11 May - 23 September 2018

Jeff Koons, Hulk (Friends), 2004–12 © Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons, Hulk (Friends), 2004–12 © Jeff Koons

Following the presentation of The Sonnabend Collection. Half a Century of American and European Art. Part I in 2016, the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art presents a major exhibition devoted to the Sonnabend Collection, The Sonnabend Collection. Part II.

Created by the influential art dealer Ileana Sonnabend, the Sonnabend Collection is considered one of the most important collections of American and European art of the second half of the twentieth century, representing some of the most influential western art movements of our time. While known for her support of the prime artistic protagonists of pop art, minimalism, arte povera, post-minimalism and conceptual art, Sonnabend’s engagement continued up to her death in 2007.

Part II will not be a chronological continuation of Part I, in 2016, but an exploration of two other themes present in the Sonnabend Collection:  the use of photography starting with conceptual art in the 1960s and coming up to the present; and the work of artists from the 1980s which relate to pop art, minimalism, and conceptual art. The exhibition will include works by Gilbert & George, Bernd and Hilla Becher, John Baldessari, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Candida Hofer, Haim Steinbach and Ashley Bickerton, among others. A presentation of sculptures by Jeff Koons, produced between 1985 and 2012, will constitute a small retrospective exhibition of works by this iconic American artist.

Museu Serralves, Porto


Jeff Koons

Plato in LA: Contemporary Artists' Visions (group show)
The Getty Villa, Los Angeles
18 April - 3 September 2018

Jeff Koons, Play-Doh, 1994–2014 © Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons, Play-Doh, 1994–2014 © Jeff Koons

Plato is one of the founding figures of Western civilization. His legacy encompasses ethics, politics, theology, and poetics. In this exhibition at the Getty Villa, a museum exploring classical art and culture, some of today's most celebrated artists consider Plato's impact on the contemporary world. In the form of sculptures, paintings, drawings, and large-scale installations, they respond to his contribution to philosophy—from defining the ideal to understanding the human condition—while fostering the ultimate Platonic experience: contemplation.

The Getty Villa, Los Angeles


Rineke Dijkstra, Jeff Koons et al.

MoMA at NGV (group show)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
9 June – 7 October 2018

The National Gallery of Victoria, in partnership with The Museum of Modern Art, New York, will present MoMA at NGV as the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition in 2018. MoMA at NGV will provide a unique survey of the Museum’s iconic collection. Consisting of approximately 200 key works, arranged chronologically into eight thematic sections, the exhibition will trace the development of art and design from late-nineteenth-century urban and industrial transformation, through to the digital and global present.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is a renowned institution dedicated to championing innovative modern and contemporary art. The Museum opened in Manhattan in 1929, with the vision to become ‘the greatest modern art museum in the world’. This is reflected in its interdisciplinary collection of almost 200,000 works by over 10,000 artists, shared between six curatorial departments: Architecture and Design, Drawings and Prints, Film, Media and Performance Art, Painting and Sculpture, and Photography.

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne


Jeff Koons, Richard Prince et al.

Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s (group show)
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
14 February – 13 May 2018

Jeff Koons, New! New Too!, 1983 © Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons, New! New Too!, 1983 © Jeff Koons

This spring, the Hirshhorn presents the ‘80s as you’ve never seen it before.  Brand New is the largest museum exhibition to explore the collision of art and commerce in the 1980s, an iconic decade when artwork emerged as a product and the artist, a brand.

Razor-sharp, witty, satirical, and deeply subversive, these more than 150 works from 66 of the most influential artists of the decade reveal the fascinating ways art infiltrated the worlds of advertising and business, launching a revolution that has come to define contemporary art today.

Organized chronologically, Brand New features rarely seen paintings, sculpture and installations from the biggest names in art today, alongside their lesser-known counterparts, including Ashley Bickerton, Jessica Diamond, General Idea, Peter Halley, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger, Peter Nagy, Joel Otterson, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Haim Steinbach, Meyer Vaisman, and Julia Wachtel, among others. It also features key multimedia installations that recreated for the first time since the 80s, including seminal works by Barbara Bloom, Gretchen Bender, and Krzysztof Wodiczko.

Thirty years ago, seismic shifts in politics, economics and technology brought about a golden era of contemporary art in the United States, particularly in New York City, with its heady Wall Street wealth and gritty streets. During this time, artists became celebrities, brand names, and power brokers, selling themselves and their art as products, forming, in the process, the undisputed center of the contemporary art world.

Consumerism was quickly defining the decade, and the modern brand was driving social culture, led by major multinational companies like Pepsi, Nike, and CNN. It also saw the birth of major cultural forces that continue to shape our world today—MTV. Personal computing. Branding. New Wave. The AIDS epidemic. Reaganomics. Pop-ups. Madonna. Neon. Punk. Gentrification. Cable TV.

Many associate the art of the 1980s with large-scale painting or Neo-Expressionism, but Brand New suggests an alternative history. It looks instead at the key group of New York’s counterculture artists who appropriated the language of modern commerce—logos, advertising, products, even cable television—as a new and unprecedented medium for artistic creation. This radical approach to art making set them apart from artists who commanded the greatest market interest at the time, and by rethinking the connection between objects and concepts in the 1980s, they changed the landscape of the art world forever.

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington


Jeff Koons, Christopher Wool et al.

Pop Pictures People (group show)
Museum Brandhorst, Munich
30 June 2017 - 30 June 2018