Whitney Curator Scott Rothkopf on How to Understand Jeff Koons’s Artistic Achievement

A titanic presence in American postwar art, Jeff Koons is an icon whose popular fame, instantly recognizable sculptures, and consistent status as the most expensive living artist ensure that he will be remembered for a long, long time to come. And that’s not even considering their value as works of art, an appraisal that will have its most fulsome expression to date in Koon’s long-anticipated career survey opening at the Whitney Museum this week—the first time that the artist’s extremely diverse and challenging series will all be displayed in the same place at the same time. The first single-artist show to fill the Whitney’s beloved Marcel Breuer building before the museum moves to a new state-of-the-art space downtown, the exhibition is certifiably one for the history books.

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