In his early works, Jeff Koons developed Marcel Duchamp’s concept of the readymade by appropriating the new products of the American consumer society. He was interested in how mass-produced objects are displayed, and the aesthetic conditions steering our perception of them.
A recurring theme in Koons’ oeuvre is the judgments that we make about objects and the notion of taste. He proposes a reconsideration of the aesthetic value given to popular culture and kitsch, and the hierarchy of low and high culture. Throughout his artistic practice, he has also explored concepts such as mass consciousness, the artistic value of banality and the semantics of materials. He works with these themes in paintings and three-dimensional objects, sometimes on a spectacular scale, relating them to concepts of beauty, self-acceptance, sexuality and morality.
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