Jeff Koons Announces Retirement from Art
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Jeff Koons Announces Retirement from Art

Tulips by Jeff Koons at the Broad in Los Angeles (via Pawel Biernacki’s Flickrstream) In a surprise statement released last night by his publicist, mega-celebrity pop artist Jeff Koons announced the end of his career in art and the termination of all projects and staff at his Manhattan studio by the end of 2019. “I am proud of everything that I have achieved, but the same calling that brought my practice into being is now calling on me to stop,” the statement reads. Another line from the missive, which is said to have perplexed his staff and those nearest to him, reads: “A life-altering religious epiphany has revealed to me a necessary bend in the spiritual path that has guided me since the beginning of my career. I intend to respond to it with acceptance, ending my path in the commercial art world.” Koons, a master of pop art who translated kitsch and banality into works worth millions of dollars, has been suffering from a slowdown in business in the past two years, coupled with a series of legal entanglements. The artist is currently embroiled in a $90 million lawsuit filed against him and Gagosian Gallery over charges of […]

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