“Jeff Koons Balloons, I just wanna blow up.” were the lines spat by Jay Z once before, and they were the words that kept echoing in my head the entire time when I visited the Whitney Museum this weekend just before the close of the “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” exhibit.
Now, although I’m not the biggest Jeff Koons fan, I barely knew any of his work before besides the infamous balloons, I thought this would be a good time to get to know some of his work. So I decided to go and read up more on him at the exhibit.
The exhibit celebrated the close of the New York City museum’s Upper East Side’s location before it makes its move to the Meatpacking District in 2015.
And it did so in a big way. The exhibit was the museum’s biggest for any single artist, and is also Koon’s biggest NYC show to date taking up almost the entire building.
Since Koons’ first solo show in 1980, The artist became one of the most influential artists from our generation, to now having shows from all around the world.
Overall, I think it was a pretty good view of the man that is one of the most influential artists of our time, and I can see where some of my favorite artists were inspired by his work. I didn’t notice that Koons’ work was so childlike, yet so perverse. If you didn’t get to see the exhibit yet and you’re in NYC, too bad!
The exhibition travels to the Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris (November 26, 2014–April 27, 2015) and to the Guggenheim Bilbao (June 5–September 27, 2015).