“Kitsch,” “surprising,” “timeless,” “intoxicating,” “reflective” pieces that mirror our thoughts and desires as individuals and as humans as a whole - these are just a few of the many words used to describe artist Jeff Koons’ work over the years. But love him or hate him, there's no denying that he is one of the most influential and important artists of our time.
Even if you don't recognize his name, you've probably seen his work - whether it's his psychedelic paintings, his obnoxiously large replicas of toys and gaudy figurines from our childhood, or his famous "balloon animal" sculptures. His iconic "Balloon Dog" is one of the most expensive works sold at auction by a living artist.
MOCA recently produced a short documentary about Koons. And while cramming a four-decades-long career into eight and a half minutes may seem ambitious, it's a great 101 on the New York artist, with cameos by the likes of gallerist Larry Gagosian and Pharrell Williams, who drop their two cents on the artist and his impact on contemporary art in America.
Watch the documentary above, which is narrated by the unmistakably scratchy and sultry voice of Scarlett Johansson. Genius.