Jeff Koons Reflects The Self–Perfectly

 

 

After going to see ‘Jeff Koons: A Retrospective’ at the Whitney Museum of American Art, it’s no wonder why he is considered one of the great American artists of our time. I didn’t always think that way about him.

There are so many topics that are interesting to explore throughout the retrospective ranging from the significance of the salesman, mass production, social mobility, the readymade object, kitsch, fetish art, advertising and celebrity. And it doesn’t stop there.

I watched people at the museum interact with some of his oversized relatable, and sometimes seemingly inflatable, objects that draw you in, like the primal instincts humans have towards shiny reflective things. To see these masterfully created objects, scaled larger than life, literally reflecting the viewers, was marvelous. And what were most people doing? Taking “selfies” and sharing them (inflate lips here).

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