BBC Imagine… enters the world of the most commercially successful, controversial and downright odd artist of our time.
Gigantic balloon dogs, rows of vacuum cleaners, the colourful, the commonplace, the shiny and ephemeral – American artist Jeff Koons makes ‘poor’ objects into something rich people desire.
His father ran THE interior design shop in York, Pennsylvania. As a child, Jeff sold gift-wrap and sweets door-to-door for pocket money. He went on to the radical Arts Institute in Chicago and explored the seamy side of life with artist Ed Paschke – ‘pop on acid’. Now he chalks up the highest prices ever recorded for modern art. Will his balloon dogs float above the art market bubble and hold their place in the history of art?
Contributions from Sharon Paschke, Lisa Wainwright, Damien Hirst, Hal Foster, William Feaver, Michael Craig-Martin
‘This Imagine was unexpectedly fascinating – I mean, Koons himself is both seductive and repulsive, dumb and clever. He embodies his own art …’Fisun Güner, The Arts Desk
‘Makes you question what lies below the shiny surface’The Telegraph
‘Keeps its tongue in its cheek, like, one suspects, its cheerful subject’Financial Times
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|Film Editor||Allen Charlton|