Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

"My work will use every possible opportunity. It will employ all possible tricks and do everything – really everything – to communicate and win the viewer over." This is the American super-star artist, Jeff Koons, talking about the drive for seduction at the heart of his work. Indeed, Koons is known for reflecting society's obsession with popular culture through his large-scale, glossy sculptures that reference mass-produced objects.
His show in Chicago is his first major US exhibition in 15 years and assembles many of his iconic works, including "Rabbit", "Michael Jackson and Bubbles" and "Pink Panther". The centerpiece is "Hanging Heart (Blue/Silver)". It comes from the same series as "Hanging Heart (Magenta/Gold)", which sold at Sotheby's in New York last November for a staggering $23,561,000, setting a new world record for a contemporary artwork.
Over at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, an installation of three of Koons' sculptures, namely "Balloon Dog (Yellow)", "Sacred Heart (Red/Gold)" and "Coloring Book", is in the Iris and Gerald B Cantor Roof Garden.

May 31 through September 21, 2008
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago
Illinois 60611 2604
T.+1 312 280 2660
www.mcachicago.org

April 22 through to October 26, 2008
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1,000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, New York 10028-0198
Tel.+1 212 535 7710
www.metmuseum.org