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The Most Controversial Man in Art

koonsbookOh we love to hate Jeff Koons. The artist’s sculptures have fetched millions, he’s represented by heavyweight Gagosian Gallery, yet he once married a porn star and he’s known for works that look like enormous balloon animals. Something’s not right here.

Or is it.cover_ju_koons_0903051526_id_185923

A new book explores the kitch-loving world of Koons. Koons ($70, Rizzoli) is a reissue of a limited edition book (the first signed copy of that edition went for $450,000 at auction). But don’t buy a book because it will go up in value, buy it because you love it. O.K.?

 

 

Or go see his “Puppy” on permanent display outside the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain. I love this 12-foot dog sculpture made of flowering plants. He koons_puppytook the sappy combination of puppies and flowers to create a monumental statement that references 18th-century manicured gardens.

Now I wonder what he could do with those greeting card sepia-toned kids dressed like adults?

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