After our last visit in April, Channel 4 in the UK gives us another opportunity to see Jeff Koons’ studio with this new video. Although you can see many projects Koons is working on with his 100-strong assistant crew, this visit mostly focuses on his first major exhibition in a public gallery in England (Serpentine Gallery on July 2nd).
This exhibition focuses on paintings and sculptures from Koonsâ€™ Popeye series, a comment on the current economic crisis because the cartoon character was originally conceived during the Great Depression. “The works incorporate some of Koonsâ€™s signature ideas and motifs, including surreal combinations of everyday objects, cartoon imagery, art-historical references and childrenâ€™s toys.”
Other topics covered briefly in the video include his record-setting project commissioned by LACMA, past sculptures depicting him in explicit poses with his then wife Italian porn star Ilona Staller, his upcoming October Tate Modern show, and his feelings about the term “factory” vs. “studio” when describing his work space.
Discuss Jeff Koons here.