JEFF KOONS AND THE ART OF THE PAST

With Ashmolean Director, Dr Xa Sturgis

Jeff Koons’s recent works explicitly reference appropriate works of art of the ancient or more recent past. This special talk, with Ashmolean Director Dr Xa Sturgis, will explore the work of Jeff Koons throughout his career and consider how he has drawn on, challenged and adopted different traditions and strategies.

From monumental balloon dogs to subversive large-scale paintings, contemporary artist Jeff Koons is known for pushing the boundaries of art. Curated with Koons himself, the Ashmolean's spring exhibition Jeff Koons at the Ashmolean features 17 major works, from the 1980s to today, 14 of which have never been to the UK before. They include some of his most well-known series such as Equilibrium, Banality, Antiquity and his recent Gazing Ball paintings and sculptures.

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