Synopses & Reviews
This volume provides a fascinating inside look at the controversial Skin Fruit show curated by Jeff Koons at the New Museum in New York City in 2010. Each of the installation photographs in this book are framed shot-for-shot, just as Koons himself envisaged the different art works from the Dakis Joannou Collection interacting with each other. Realized in media incorporating anything from acrylic to chocolate and video to elephant dung, works included in the show ranged from artists such as Pawel Althamer, David Altmejd, assume vivid astro focus, Tauba Auerbach, Matthew Barney, John Bock, Maurizio Cattelan, Dan Colen, Roberto Cuoghi, Haris Epaminonda, Urs Fischer, Robert Gober, Jenny Holzer, Mike Kelley, Terence Koh, Liza Lou, Mark Manders, Paul McCarthy, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Chris Ofili, Charles Ray, Kiki Smith, Christiana Soulou, Kara Walker, Andro Wekua and Franz West, among others. With color photographs accompanied by a candid interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jeff Koons: Skin Fruit is a rare opportunity to delve inside Koons' private thoughts on collecting, curating and the nature of art.
This volume offers a fascinating inside look at the controversial Skin Fruit exhibition, curated by Jeff Koons from the Dakis Joannou Collection in 2010. The photographs in this book, composed by Koons himself as he installed the show capture a sequence of startling encounters: disparate artworks in eloquent communication with one another, just as they live in the collection. Guiding the reader through the exhibition room by room, alongside a pensive and candid commentary by Koons, Skin Fruit: A View of a Collection offers a rare opportunity to delve inside the artist's private thoughts on collecting, curating and the nature of art. I enjoyed installing the exhibition, letting the works have the opportunity to interact with each other because that's what happens in a collection, says Koons. It's a salon-type experience. There is no hierarchy of worth or value. There is just interaction and communication.