Life Lessons From Jeff Koons
|Artist Jeff Koons, center, surrounded by Cultural Alliance of York County Board Directors and Staff|
Life Lesson #1: There Is Art Inside Us All
|"Inflatables," Jeff Koons|
Life Lesson #2: We Have To Accept Ourselves
|"Made In Heaven Billboard," Jeff Koons|
Life Lesson #3: Show What You Feel
|"Balloon Dog (Yellow)", Jeff Koons|
"The Celebration Series was done at a very difficult time in my life," Jeff told us as we entered the area holding this collection. "My ex-wife had taken my son Ludwig to Rome, and I wasn't able to communicate with him. I wanted to show him how much I was thinking about him." You could feel the joy in "Play-Doh" and "Boy with Pony," and the love he worked to convey when words weren't available to him.
Life Lesson #4: Remember Your Roots
|"Gazing Ball (Mailbox)", Jeff Koons|
The Gazing Ball series is at the entrance, but is the last body of work that Jeff created. "Being from York County, The Gazing Ball series really represents my childhood, and my background. I'm sure you've all seen gazing balls in the yards of your neighbors. They're really an act of generosity; they allow us to see ourselves and our surroundings in them. It's about reflection."
The Jeff Koons Retrospective will be on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York until October 19th. Afterwards, the exhibition travels to Paris and Spain, where hundreds of thousands of people will be able to view his work and marvel, as we did, at what he has accomplished. And, I'm sure they'll all learn more than they bargained for.