Having used inflatables in his work since the late 1970s, the sculptures featured in this exhibition demonstrated Koons’ continued interest in casting inflatable toys. A key component in the Popeye Series, he juxtaposes these replica ready-mades with unaltered everyday objects such as chairs or rubbish bins. The paintings in the series are complex and layered compositions that combine disparate images both found and created by Koons, including images of the sculptures in the series.
The art of the blow-up
Jeff Koons: Popeye Series
For his first ever major exhibition in a public gallery in Britain, Jeff Koons presented works from his Popeye Series, which he began in 2002. The works incorporate some of Koons' signature ideas and motifs, including surreal combinations of everyday objects, cartoon imagery, art-historical references and children's toys.
Jeff Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania, in 1955. His work has been widely exhibited internationally and, at the time of the Serpentine Gallery exhibition, his most recent solo shows included presentations at the Château de Versailles, France; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, all in 2008. Koons lives and works in New York.
York, Pennsylvania, United States
Installation view from the exhibition Jeff Koons: Popeye Series, Serpentine Gallery, London (2 July – 13 September 2009)
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© 2009 Jeff Koons, Photograph © 2009 Jerry Hardman-Jones