Damien Hirst’s Newport Street gallery will be exhibiting work by American artist Jeff Koons, in a solo show titled ‘Now’. Curated by Damien Hirst, the show will run for five months, from 18th May to 16th October 2016.
Spanning thirty-five years of Koons’s extraordinary career, ‘Now’ will include over thirty paintings, works on paper and sculptures drawn from Hirst’s collection. The exhibition features iconic works, dating from 1979 to 2014, from Koons’s series Inflatables, The New, Equilibrium, Luxury and Degradation, Made in Heaven, Popeye,and Hulk Elvis, amongst others.
‘Now’ is the first major UK show to be devoted to the artist since the exhibition, ‘Jeff Koons: Popeye Series’, at the Serpentine Gallery in 2009.
Born in 1955, Jeff Koons is widely considered to be one of the most significant artists to have emerged in the postwar era. Since the late 1970s, his diverse work has explored themes pertaining to taste, consumerism, mass culture, beauty, acceptance and the role of the artist. Having once stated, ‘everything already exists in this world’, Koons has also reconfigured the concept of the readymade.
Hirst first saw Koons’s work – which he has been collecting for twelve years – in the 1987–1988 group exhibition ‘New York Art Now’, presented at the Saatchi Gallery during Hirst’s second year at Goldsmiths college.
Entry to all exhibitions is free.