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Jeff Koons: Conversations with Norman Rosenthal

The most successful of living artists Jeff Koons has been a focus of creative fascination and significance for more than thirty years, but has always remained guarded about his intellectual life, influences and motivation. The distinguished curator and long-time Koons friend and collaborator Sir Norman Rosenthal has, for the first time, removed that guard. This important book provides the most revealing portrait yet of Jeff Koons singular personality and artistic vision. Rosenthals masterful interviews, conducted over four years, give unparalleled access to Koons thoughts, disclosing the artist undistorted and in his own words. As well as examining all his major series in depth, from his first inflatables to his latest series on antiquities, the interviews shed new light on the artists interest in other artists works, reveal the significance of his youth and family life on his art, and explain the key concepts of his practice, such as his ideas on self- acceptance, banality, ecstasy and sex. Table of Contents 1 Everything is already here Art as connection to humanity and history 2 The Ball is Going to be thrown to you Family and the young artist 3 Art Empowers Inflatables to Kiepenkerl 4 The true acceptance of things Banality and Celebration 5 Looking at internal life in an open, objective way Easy fun and Antiquity 6 I want to make the grandest gesture that I can Action and achievement 7 The Ecstasy of smiling Community, communication, celebrity and commerce 8 I feel things through ideas A Koons lexicon Chronology: The Jeff Koons Timeline Index Review An excitable affair packed to the gills with glossy pictures of Koons' works. --The Independent, Michael Glover Koons theorises lucidly about pop art. --The Observer The book is copiously and enticingly illustrated. --Cassone Uncovers the real Jeff Koons for the first time. --Fused Magazine 'Jeff Koons: Conversations with Norman Rosenthal' gives us the American artist in his own words. --Royal Academy Magazine Koons has revealing things to say on self-reliance, opportunity, the nature of luck, and above all, 'culture' ... this great boundary-breaker certainly knows how to make you think. --The Mayfair Magazine From the Back Cover The distinguished curator and long-time Koons friend and collaborator Sir Norman Rosenthal has, for the first time, removed that guard. This important book provides the most revealing portrait yet of Jeff Koons singular personality and artistic vision. Rosenthals masterful interviews, conducted over four years, give unparalleled access to Koons thoughts, disclosing the artist undistorted and in his own words. As well as examining all his major series in depth, from his first inflatables to his latest series on antiquities, the interviews shed new light on the artists interest in other artists works, reveal the significance of his youth and family life on his art, and explain the key concepts of his practice, such as his ideas on self- acceptance, banality, ecstasy and sex. Author Bio Jeff Koons is an American artist, who plays with ideas of popular culture, celebrity, taste and commerce. Sir Norman Rosenthal is an independent curator and art historian. He was Exhibitions Secretary at the Royal Academy, London from 1977 to 2008.
Product Overview
ISBN 9780500093825
Author(s) Norman Rosenthal,
Publisher Thames & Hudson Ltd
Pages 296
Format Hardback
Weight 0.0 lb