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What To Make of Jeff Koons?

Neo-pop pioneer or charlatan of the art market?

Rabbit (1986) by Jeff Koons (b. 1955). Stainless steel. 104.1 x 48.3 x 30.5 cm. Edition 3 of and edition of 3 plus AP. The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection. © Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons’ work is so full of reflective surfaces, it is natural to think he is holding up a mirror to the world.

Yet to say that a work of art holds up a mirror to the world is to recognize an attempt by the artist at portraying the truth. “See what the world really looks like” is the message. Art like this —…

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