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Jeff Koons

Balloon Venus

On View
Jan 14 – Jan 30, 2022
Palm Beach
 
Exhibition Details:

Jeff Koons
Balloon Venus
Jan 14 – 30, 2022

Gallery:

The Royal Poinciana Plaza
340 Royal Poinciana Way
Suite M333
Palm Beach

Press:

Press Release

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@pacegallery
@jeffkoons

Above: Jeff Koons, Balloon Venus Hohlen Fels (Magenta), 2013-2019, © Jeff Koons

Pace is pleased to present Jeff Koons’s sculpture Balloon Venus Hohlen Fels (Magenta) (2013-2019) at its Palm Beach gallery. This sculpture is one of the largest works from the artist’s renowned Antiquity series, and marks the first time the work is being exhibited publicly.

Koons, who is among the world’s most influential living artists, is internationally renowned for sculptures and paintings that unite conceptualism and the readymade. Over the course of more than four decades, Koons has redefined Minimalism and Pop art with his boundary-pushing practice. Often working at ambitious scales, the artist has created iconic artworks deeply engaged with popular culture, mass media, art and human history.

For his first presentation with Pace since joining the gallery in 2021, Koons will show Balloon Venus Hohlen Fels (Magenta), a mirror-polished stainless-steel sculpture that references the ancient mammoth ivory Venus of Hohlen Fels statuette, dated between 40,000 and 35,000 years ago, uncovered in a cave near Schelklingen, Germany in 2008. Balloon Venus Hohlen Fels is part of Koons’s Antiquity series, a body of work that includes four sculptures inspired by Paleolithic sculptures of Venuses.

In Koons’s Balloon Venus sculptures, the artist utilizes his quintessential balloon formations to represent female bodies and cultivate a dialogue between contemporary aesthetics and early examples of human ingenuity. As with other bodies of work by Koons, the Antiquity series forges connections across geographical and temporal boundaries.

“You have a surface that very much is about the moment, and you view it, and it affirms you, and when you move, the abstraction changes. But at the same time it draws you back around 35,000 years ago,” the artist has said of Balloon Venus Hohlen Fels.

Koons’s solo exhibitions at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence and the Qatar Museums in Doha will run concurrently with his presentation with Pace in Palm Beach. In June 2022, the artist will open a presentation at the DESTE Foundation Project Space in Hydra, Greece.

In 2023, Koons will present a solo exhibition of new work at Pace’s New York gallery.

 
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About the Artist

Jeff Koons has become internationally renowned for his sculptures and paintings that explore meaning in our media-saturated age. Marrying rigorous conceptualism with commercial aesthetics, and spectacular displays with an unparalleled degree of technical finesse, Koons has repeatedly tested the limits of both fabrication and art history, simultaneously redefining Minimalism and Pop Art.

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