Jeff Koons Departs Gagosian, David Zwirner for Tempo Gallery

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Jeff Koons.
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Jeff Koons, the field’s costliest living artist, has departed two predominant galleries which maintain long represented him and joined one in all their competitors. In a surprise pass, Koons will now be solely represented by Tempo Gallery, which has everlasting spaces in New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, London, Palo Alto, and Geneva. He’ll no longer sigh with David Zwirner or Gagosian. The New York Occasions first reported the news on Monday evening.

Koons is popular for his sculptures riffing on user objects and “low” art work. On the overall containing a profane edge, these high-gloss works will be big in scale and were known to jabber high costs. Koons’s auction document, region by the sale of his 1986 Rabbit sculpture in 2019, sits at $91.1 million. He has been the topic of various surveys and retrospectives, including one held on the Whitney Museum in 2014 that went on to commute to the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Guggenheim Bilbao.

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“Jeff changed the arrive we perceive the field round us and the arrive we realize our culture and ourselves,” Tempo Gallery CEO and president Marc Glimcher acknowledged in a declare. “He perceived a cultural shift a protracted time earlier than any of us knew it was underway by propelling throughout the barrier of elitism that was ringfencing the art work world.”

Even supposing Koons’s work has been embraced by the market, it has been controversial among the usual public and critics. A astronomical sculpture meant to memorialize the victims of a 2015 terrorist assault in Paris drew ire in France, and Koons has been the target of varied court cases by artists alleging that he infringed on their copyright by appropriating their pictures.

There’s a sense among specialists that two contemporary now-settled court cases by collectors of his work suing over the alleged non-offer of Koons’s work maintain place apart a damper on the artist’s market rise. “Koons’s market has softened,” provider Robert Mnuchin acknowledged in a contemporary ARTnews talk. “I have confidence about that’ll substitute, for my fragment, because I mediate he’ll substitute.”

It is miles rare for an artist to defect from one mega-gallery to one other, and the causes for why one does vary. In 2015, as an illustration, the Robert Rauschenberg estate left Gagosian to be part of Tempo Gallery. Koons had shown with Gagosian since 2001 and with David Zwirner since 2013.

Within the case of Koons, the artist had this to inform in a declare: “As soon as in some time professionally in existence we are in a position to search out ourselves at a crossroads. Going throughout the final yr or so and having the chance to duplicate on what I’d like to achieve with my existence’s work in elaborate to bring it to its fullest capacity, I in point of fact maintain made up our minds that a substitute in the atmosphere whereby my work is considered and supported would maybe well presumably be a clear thing today.”

Koons’s first Tempo sigh will be a single-work exhibition in Palo Alto. That will be adopted by a 2023 New York solo sigh that beneficial properties a brand new physique of work.

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