Brighton Museum & Art Gallery is thrilled to be the venue for an exhibition of work by Jeff Koons, widely regarded as one of the world’s most important living artists.
Opening on 11 May 2013, this will be the first showing in England (outside Tate) of Koons’ group of works in ARTIST ROOMS, an inspirational collection of modern and contemporary art acquired through the generosity of Anthony d’Offay by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland for the nation.
Provocative and playful, Jeff Koons’ work reflects upon the power of consumer industries and the aesthetics and culture of taste. The exhibition will include some of the artist’s most important work, from early pieces incorporating everyday items such as vacuum cleaners and basketballs to his later works of oversized kitsch objects.
Koons’ widely acclaimed early vitrines from the early 1980s such as New Hoover Convertibles, Green, Red, Brown, New Shelton Wet/Dry 10 Gallon Displaced Doubledecker (1981-7) and Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank (Two Dr J Silver Series, Spalding NBA Tip-Off) (1985) will introduce the artist’s work. The exhibition will then consider the Banality series with Winter Bear (1988), and self-marketing campaigns including Art Magazine Ads (Art in America) (1988-9) and Made in Heaven (1989). It concludes with Koons’ reflective two dimensional glass animals (1999) and his large free-hanging sculpture Caterpillar (with chains) (2002).
The works on display are taken from ARTIST ROOMS, an inspirational collection of modern and contemporary art acquired for the nation by Tate and The National Galleries of Scotland through the generosity of Anthony d'Offay with additional support from funders, including the Art Fund. The ARTIST ROOMS tour programme, now in its fifth year, is showing at 16 museums and galleries across the UK in 2013. The tour is made possible thanks to the new support of Arts Council England and the continued support of the Art Fund.
Get more information from the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery website
Published 24th February 2013
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