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Weekend Special: Food Themes in the Art of Jeff Koons

Weekend Special: Food Themes in the Art of Jeff Koons
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Sandwiches with mustard smiles and sliced olive eyes, from EasyFun-Ethereal.

While we think of Jeff Koons (American artist, born 1955, York, Pennsylvania) mainly for his crass, sleek, kitschy style, and subject matter consisting of balloon animals, life-size pornographic sculptures, and paintings with Dali-esque layouts, it's clear that food has also been a major inspiration, especially its playful and sensual sides. A major repository of this material is the 2001 show called "EasyFun-Ethereal," in which images of vernacular eats underpin many of the painterly compostions.

The show is somewhat controversial because, though Koons himself sketched the layouts of the paintings, the paintings themselves were entirely executed by his staff. These works of art are done in a collage style, and it takes some staring to decipher the compostions. In the one shown above, mediocre deli sandwiches are decorated with cartoonish faces made of condiments, with his familiar moustache icon plastered on top.

Here, then, are more Koons food-related compositions.

Acrobat
Acrobat
mrandmrssmith.com
Hair
Hair
av-art.org

 

Poster for EasyFun-Ethereal
Poster for EasyFun-Ethereal
decitre.fr
Lips, from EasyFun Ethereal
Lips, from EasyFun Ethereal
Deutsche Guggenheim
Niagara
Niagara
Wall Street Journal

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