This exhibition is part of the 2011 tour of ARTIST ROOMS " the outstanding collection of post-war and contemporary art assembled by the art collector Anthony d'Offay and part-gifted to the nation in 2008 with support from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Scottish Government.
ARTIST ROOMS is owned jointly by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland and is being shared with museums andgalleries throughout the UK thanks to the support of the Art Fund and the Scottish Government.This exhibition is part of the 2011 ARTIST ROOMS tour. This extended display will bring together the major group of works by Jeff Koons held in ARTIST ROOMS. From the early New Hoover Convertibles, Green, Red, Brown, New Shelton Wet/Dry 10 Gallon Displaced Doubledecker, 1981-7 to the basketball piece Encased Four Rows 1983-93 to Winter Bears 1988 and a selection of works from his 'Made in Heaven' series, the collection offers the possibility for audiences to explore some of the artist's most important and iconic series. Through his use of everyday items such as vacuum cleaners and basketballs and later by creating oversized kitsch objects, Koons conveys the power of consumer industries and explores the aesthetics and culture of taste. Since the 1980s, the artist has made use of references reminiscent of Pop Art in his use of popular imagery and in his means of production. His brightly coloured sculptures and reliefs, often employing highly reflective surfaces and made with extraordinary precision, also recall the heady excesses of the Baroque.