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Koons

by Doug Black in Culture on 05 February 2008

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Jeff Koons’ forthcoming monograph traces his spectacular career from 1979 to the present. True to form, the book honors his overstated aesthetic with proportions that may dwarf some coffee tables. Limited to a pressing of 1,600 copies, it serves as both an in-depth biographical look at the artist and a career retrospective of his work, complete with hundreds of oversized images. For the content, book designer and editor Hans Werner Holzwarth culled essays from Interview magazine’s editor-in-chief, Ingrid Sischy, as well as Katy Siegel and Eckhard Schneider.

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Since Koons regularly commands millions on the auction circuit, this book will serve as a large-format approximation of his work for contemporary art enthusiasts of more humble means, which is not to say it’s cheap. The “Collector’s Edition” comes in a cloth-covered clamshell box and will be restricted to 1,500 signed copies that go for $1000 each. The “Art Edition” is much the same, but will likely cost considerably more, as it is limited to 100 copies and accompanied by “an artwork." The nature of the work remains unclear, but odds are it won't be a 90-ton puppy statue.

Both editions will be available in April. You can preorder them at Taschen.

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