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Jeff Koons Exhibit: 'New Painting And Sculpture' Hits Gagosian Gallery (PHOTOS)

May 09, 2013 | Updated May 12, 2013

Jeff Koons and his glossy, high-priced artworks are taking over the Gagosian Gallery's Chelsea location this week. From boldly colored balloon creatures to risque images of scantily clad women, the neo-pop survey reflects the standard Koonsian equation for an art exhibit -- equal bits childhood imaginings and adult fantasies.

Koon's recent descension into the Manhattan gallery world has sparked renewed discussion on his status as one of the most successful American contemporary artists to date. Just last year his shiny "Tulips" sculpture sold for just over $33 million at Christies, and 2013 will see not one, but two Koons shows during the annual Frieze Art Fair weekend in New York City. (In addition to Gagosian, he's also showing at David Zwirner's gallery.)

jeff koons exhibit

Jonathan Jones of The Guardian is a bit more sympathetic to Koons' cause:

Koons' Gagosian exhibit toys with classical themes in his "Antiquities" series, consisting of collaged paintings of scribbled-over ancient nudes. Lest we forget what drives him, however, he then asserts his love for all things inflatable in works like "Hulk Elvis" and various new balloon animal sculptures. It's no wonder Stephen Colbert referred to the artist as "The world's most expensive birthday clown" on his show last year. But maybe we're just missing the depth in his work; right now, all we see is surface, surface, surface.

Scroll through the images below for a preview of the work on view and let us know your interpretation of the art giant in the comments.

Jeff Koons: New Paintings And Sculpture

'Jeff Koons: New Painting And Sculpture' will be on view at Gagosian Gallery from May 9 - June 29, 2013.

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