Jeff Koons: a life's work on film
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles has produced a new film about Jeff Koons and his works. Narrated by actress Scarlett Johansson, the short offers an exploration into the world of Koons and his transgressive imagination.
Johansson’s commentary is subtly enlightening as she navigates the journey of Koons' oeuvre from ‘Puppy’ to the various and intoxicatingly beautiful steel balloon sculptures. The film also charts Koons’ beginnings working for the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the details in the film’s portrayal are impressively comprehensive for such a short piece.
Koons’ recent collaboration with Louis Vuitton is not mentioned, though Johansson describes his work as being “a combination of all the great things he has ever seen”. This is evident through the collection of classic Louis Vuitton bags which feature images from his ‘Gazing Ball’ series, in which Koons produced large-scale reproductions of masterpieces.
The short documentary is directed by Oscar Boyson and shows Koons’ extraordinary approach to making “everyday American style happiness” and is well worth a watch for all those that have been hypnotised by Koons art and its relationship to his life.