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Art superstar Jeff Koons unveils life work in New York retrospective

Published on Jun 27, 2014 6:18 PM

NEW YORK (AFP) - Jeff Koons, one of world's highest paid artists, unveiled his life work in New York today, a chance to understand why his art is so celebrated, so loathed and so expensive.

The Whitney Museum has devoted its entire four-floor premises to New York's first retrospective of a 35-year career that sent Koons, the "king of kitsch," into the celebrity stratosphere.

Last year his Balloon Dog (Orange) sold for US$58.4 million (S$73 million) - the most money for any work by a living artist and the most for a contemporary sculpture.

Koons, 59, revelled in the rock-star reception at the press preview for his retrospective. "I'm enjoying every moment of this," he said. "I believe completely in the work that we have here, and I hope other people can find meaning in it."

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