Koons / Trump

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Another multimillionaire megalomaniac waded into US politics last week. Some were surprised when Jeff Koons declared his support for Hillary Clinton in German art magazine Monopol, as reported by blouinartinfo.com – but not because he didn’t come down on the side of Trump. Koons is a man who knows which side his bread’s buttered. The surprise was perhaps because we don’t always expect contemporary artists to be engaged in party politics, Tracey Emin notwithstanding.

However, take a glance at any of Koon’s output since the 1970s and of course you will find a body of work deeply concerned with ‘politics’ in every sense. Koon’s announcement has prompted me to share some of my snaps from the excellent recent presentation of his work from the Murderme Collection at Damien Hirst’s new gaff, which – pop fact – has just been awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building of the year.

Jeff Koons: Now was at Newport Street Gallery from 18 May to 16 October 2016.

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About Jonathan R Jones

Writing on art, interiors, food and lifestyle at jonathanrjones.wordpress.com

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