Jeff Koons’s First New York Museum Solo is Whitney’s Uptown Finale


The final show in the Whitney Museum’s Madison Avenue building, before it moves to the Meatpacking District, will be a retrospective of Jeff Koons, the artist’s first large-scale New York museum solo (June 27-Oct. 19, 2014). “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” also marks the first time the Whitney is devoting almost its entire building to the work of a single artist. It’s the first U.S. retrospective for the artist since a 1992 show organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Organized by curator and associate director of programs Scott Rothkopf, the exhibition includes about 120 works in various mediums. It will travel to Paris’s Centre Pompidou (Nov. 26, 2014-Apr. 27, 2015) and to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in summer 2015.

Koons, 58, is a market powerhouse. His Balloon Dog (Orange), 1994-2000, fetched $58.4 million, just above its $55 million high estimate, at Christie’s last month to set the auction record for a living artist. (The work was sold by Peter Brant, chairman of Brant Publications, which publishes A.i.A.) He is able to spread himself among two of the world’s most powerful galleries, opening twin shows at Gagosian (which represents him) and David Zwirner this spring during Frieze week. He is that rare artist who is interviewed on Stephen Colbert’s show The Colbert Report.

“Koons is widely known as the maker of a handful of iconic objects, but this retrospective will for the first time demonstrate how they fit together as part of a compelling and multifaceted story that will surprise even those familiar with his work,” Rothkopf said in a press release.