JEFF KOONS (B. 1955)
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JEFF KOONS (B. 1955)

Ushering in Banality

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JEFF KOONS (B. 1955)
Ushering in Banality
incised with the artist's signature, number and date 'Jeff Koons 3/3 88' (on the underside)
polychromed wood
38 x 62 x 30 in. (96.5 x 157.5 x 76.2 cm.)
Executed in 1988. This work is number three from an edition of three plus one artist's proof.
Provenance
Sonnabend Gallery, New York
Private collection
Anon. sale; Sotheby's, New York, 14 November 2001, lot 40
Private collection
Anon. sale; Sotheby's, New York, 14 November 2006, lot 43
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Literature
O. Zaya, "Sobre Jeff Koons y los signos de nuestro tiempo," Balcon, March 1988, pp. 55-59 (another example illustrated).
Carnegie International, exh. cat., Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art, 1988, p. 178 (another example illustrated).
L. Chua, "Jeff Koons: 'Popples,' An Appropriate Icon for an Era of Gross Inanity," Flash Art, no. 114, January 1989, p. 113 (another example illustrated).
T. Kellein, Mit dem Fernrohr durch die Kunstgeschichte: von Galilei zu den Gebrüdern Mongolfier, Kunsthalle Basel, 1989, no. 29, p. 1 (another example illustrated).
N. Spector, "Carnegie International," Contemporanea: International Art Magazine, vol. 11, no. 1, January-February 1989, p. 105 (another example illustrated).
J. Koons, "Exploitation," Defunct!, February 1989, p. 4 (another example illustrated).
S. Morgan, "Jeff Koons's Fun," Artscribe, March-April 1989, p. 47 (another example illustrated).
K. Kertess, "Bad," Parkett, no. 19, March 1989, p. 31 and 59 (another example illustrated).
D. Diederichsen, "I'll Buy That," Parkett, no. 19, March 1989, p. 76 (another example illustrated).
D. Pinchbeck, "Jeff Koons," Splash, April 1989, pp. 74-75 (another example illustrated).
H. Drohojowska, "Stop Making Sense," ARTnews, October 1989, pp. 146-147 (another example illustrated).
"Jeff Koons: The Power of Seduction," Art & Design: New Art International, February 1990, pp. 49 (another example illustrated).
E. Karcher, "Die Absahner," Forbes, 3 March 1990, pp. 260-266 (another example illustrated).
W. M. Faust, "Kunst mit Kitsch," Art: Das Kunstmagazin, 1 September 1990, p. 4 and 36 (another example illustrated).
P. Schjeldahl, "Rembrandt, Jeff Koons Ja Kaikki Muut," Taide, 1 December 1990, p. 25 (another example illustrated).
"Fräls oss i vår banalitet,” Konstnären, March 1991, pp. 4-5 (another example illustrated).
A. Muthesius, ed., Jeff Koons, Cologne, 1992, pp. 104-105 (another example illustrated).
S. Coles and R. Violette, eds., The Jeff Koons Handbook, London, 1992, pp. 102-103 (another example illustrated).
D. Bonetti, "Koons is Ushering in Banality," San Francisco Examiner, 11 December 1992, pp. D-1 and D-15 (another example illustrated).
"Kunst in Humor II," Kunstforum International, 1993, p. 110 (another example illustrated).
N. B. Forstbauer, "Kunst als Verfuhrung: Die Stuttgarter Staatsgalerie zeigt eine Werkschau von Jeff Koons," Stuttgarter Nachrichten, 13 March 1993 (another example illustrated on the cover).
M. Corris, "Jeff Koons: In the Heat of Nowhere," Art and Text, no. 45, May 1993, p. 50 (another example illustrated).
L. Morell, "Jeff Koons Interview: The Political Value of Art," Skala, June 1993, pp. 38-41 (another example illustrated).
A. C. Danto, T. McEvilley and L. Weintraub, Art on the Edge and Over: Searching for Art's Meaning in Contemporary Society 1970s-1990s, Hong Kong, 1996, p. 27 (another example illustrated).
Jeff Koons: Easyfun-Ethereal, exh. cat., Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, 2001, p. 37, fig. 18 (another example illustrated).
E. Schneider, ed., Jeff Koons, exh. cat., Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2001, p. 19 (another example illustrated).
Programmheft zur Ausstellung Jeff Koons, Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2001, p. 5 (another example illustrated).
Shortcuts from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens, 2002, p. 21 (another example illustrated).
Jeff Koons: Pictures 1980-2002, exh. cat., Kunsthaus Bielefeld, 2002, p. 23, pl. v (another example illustrated).
J. Kerwin, "The Golden Greek," W Magazine, October 2004, p. 364 (another example illustrated).
G. Politi, "An Interview by the Readers of Flash Art," Flash Art, no. 240, January-February 2005, p. 86 (another example illustrated).
C. Dolle, "Basel Marvels," Whitewall, no. 3, 2006, p. 149.
L. Zappi, "O Rei do Neopop; o controvertido artista Americano Jeff Koons rejeita rótulo de kitsch," Illustrada, 26 July 2006 (another example illustrated on the cover).
K. Swenson, "Louise Lawler Looks Back," Art in America, December 2006, p. 119 (another example illustrated).
Blacksquare, 2007, p. 72 (another example illustrated).
C. Tomkins, "The Turnaround Artist," The New Yorker, 16 April 2007, p. 64.
"Literatuurwetenschap, Studiewijzer," Open Universiteit, The Netherlands, 2008, p. 91 (another example illustrated).
H. Bourdeaux-Martin, "Profile: Dominique Lévy," Whitewall, Winter 2008, p. 42 (another example illustrated).
L. Cenac, "Le roi Koons a Versailles," Madame Figaro, 6 September 2008, p. 142 (another example illustrated).
Jeff Koons: Celebration, exh. cat., Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, 2008, pp. 39, 101, fig. 3 (another example illustrated).
M. Sollins, ed., Art: 21: Art in the Twenty-First Century 5, New York, 2009, p. 98 (another example illustrated).
H. W. Holzwarth, ed., Jeff Koons, Cologne, 2009, pp. 13, 15, 48, 55, 258, 264, 272-275, 279 and 564 (another example illustrated).
First Aid Kit: Sculptures, exh. cat., Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, 2010, pp. 89-90 (another example illustrated).
B. Kölle, Es geht voran: Kunst der 80er. Eine Düsseldorfer Perspektive, Munich, 2010, p. 148 (another example illustrated).
K. Siegel, Since '45: America and the Making of Contemporary Art, London, 2011, p. 161 (another example illustrated).
Remember Everything: 40 Years Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2014, p. 14 (another example illustrated).
J.-P. Sartre, "The Disguise of Childhood," Lapham's Quarterly, Summer 2014, p. 98 (another example illustrated).
L. Blissett, "La jouissance du retour en enfance," Beaux Arts, December 2014, pp. 58-59 (another example illustrated).
J. Koons and N. Rosenthal, Jeff Koons: Conversations with Norman Rosenthal, London, 2014, p. 137.
H. W. Holzwarth, ed., Koons, Cologne, 2015, pp. 10, 44 and 48 (another example illustrated).
Art + NYC: A Complete Guide to New York City Art and Artists, New York, 2016, p. 97 (another example illustrated).
S. Michaelsen, "Jeff Koons Voor Mij is Het Glas Altijd Vol," Volskrant Magazine, no. 832, 27 May 2017, pp. 14-20 (another illustrated on the cover).
M. Gioni and K. Marta, eds., Jeff Koons: 2000 Words, Athens, 2019, pp. 19 and 60-61 (another example illustrated).
A. Ffrench, "American art legend Jeff Koons visits Ashmolean Museum in Oxford," Oxford Mail, 6 February 2019, digital (another example illustrated).
N. Rea, "Jeff Koons Wants to Teach Brits About Transcendence With His New Show at Oxford - and Tickets Are Selling Out Fast," Artnet News, 6 February 2019, digital (another example illustrated).
"Jeff Koons art on display at Ashmolean Oxford," BBC News, 7 February 2019, digital (another example illustrated).
W. Gompertz, "Will Gompertz revies Jeff Koons at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford," BBC News, 9 February 2019, digital (another example illustrated).
T. Hughes, "Jeff Koons shines at Ashmolean Museum Oxford," Oxford Mail, 14 February 2019, digital (another example illustrated).
H.-N. Jocks, "Jeff Koons: Der Mythos Des Apollon," Kunstforum, vol. 286, January-February 2023, p. 177 (another example illustrated).
Exhibited
Cologne, Galerie Max Hetzler, Banality, November 1988 (another example exhibited).
New York, Sonnabend Gallery, Banality, November-December 1988.
Chicago, Donald Young Gallery, Banality, December 1988-January 1989 (another example exhibited).
Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Horn of Plenty: Sixteen Artists from NYC, January-February 1989, pp. 63 and 100 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, A Forest of Signs: Art in the Crisis of Representation, May-August 1989, p. 40 and 173, no. 29.
Thessaloniki, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Eliminating the Atlantic, May-June 1990 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, A Century in Sculpture, June-August 1992 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum; Aarhus Kunstmuseum and Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Jeff Koons: Retrospective, November 1992-April 1993, p. 63 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, Jeff Koons: Retrospective, December 1992-October 1993, n.p., pl. 40 (illustrated).
Kunsthaus Mürzzuschlag, Jahresmuseum 1994, 1994 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
Athens School of Fine Arts, Everything That's Interesting Is New: The Dakis Joannou Collection, January-April 1996, p. 155 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
Athens, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jeff Koons: A Millennium Celebration, December 1999-May 2000 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
Naples, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Jeff Koons, June-September 2003, pp. 67, 151 and 153 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
Athens, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Monument to Now, June-December 2004 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
New York, C&M Arts, Jeff Koons: Highlights of 25 Years, April-June 2004, pp. 66-69 and 84, pl. 23 (illustrated).
Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jeff Koons, May-September 2008, pp. 59-60 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
Château de Versailles, Jeff Koons: Versailles, October 2008-April 2009, pp. 44-47, 111 and 140 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Holy Inspiration: Religion and Spirituality in Modern Art, December 2008-April 2009 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
Basel, Fondation Beyeler, Jeff Koons, May-October 2012, pp. 84, 86-89 and 179 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
Frankfurt, Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, Jeff Koons: The Sculptor, June-September 2012, p. 32, fig. 6, pp. 33 and 120 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years, September-December 2012, pp. 24, 27, 195, 196 and 198, no. 97 (illustrated).
New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, June-October 2014, pp. 22, 102, 115 and 243, pl. 53 (illustrated).
Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, November 2014-September 2015, p. 81 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
New York, Venus Over Manhattan, Fétiche, February-April 2016.
Geneva, Museum of Art and History, Urs Fischer: False Friends, April-July 2016, pp. 46-47 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
University of Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, Jeff Koons at the Ashmolean, February-June 2019, pp. 38-39, no. 3 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
Mexico City, Fundación Jumex, Appearance Stripped Bare: Desire and the Object in the Work of Marcel Duchamp and Jeff Koons, Even, May-September 2019, pp. 67, 159 and 161.
Vienna, Albertina Modern, The 80s, October 2021-February 2022, pp. 162, 164-165 (illustrated).

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