1. Jeff Koons discusses the inspiration for Play-Doh, on view in Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (which closes Sunday!).

  2. "The reason I enjoy reflective surfaces is that they always tell the viewer that they’re important, and that nothing is happening without them." —Jeff Koons
Hear more from Koons and see behind-the-scenes footage of his studio on Whitney Stories. 

    "The reason I enjoy reflective surfaces is that they always tell the viewer that they’re important, and that nothing is happening without them." —Jeff Koons

    Hear more from Koons and see behind-the-scenes footage of his studio on Whitney Stories

  3. Jeff Koons is signing copies of the exhibition catalogue this Saturday at 9 pm! 

    Jeff Koons is signing copies of the exhibition catalogue this Saturday at 9 pm! 

  4. Art happens inside you, it’s not in the object. It’s about your potential.

    — Jeff Koons at last night’s Annenberg Lecture with Whitney director Adam D. Weinberg. 

  5. Tonight at 7 pm, Jeff Koons will speak with director Adam D. Weinberg for the tenth annual Annenberg Lecture. We’ll be live-tweeting from the event, so follow along! 
Photograph by Matthew Carasella/Social Shutterbug

    Tonight at 7 pm, Jeff Koons will speak with director Adam D. Weinberg for the tenth annual Annenberg Lecture. We’ll be live-tweeting from the event, so follow along

    Photograph by Matthew Carasella/Social Shutterbug

  6. "A painting is not a picture of an experience; it is an experience." —Mark Rothko, born today in 1903. 
Photo via crabmink.

    "A painting is not a picture of an experience; it is an experience." —Mark Rothko, born today in 1903. 

    Photo via crabmink.

  7. "My work is about the viewer more than anything else." —Jeff Koons
Installation view Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (June 27–October 19, 2014) Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y. © Jeff Koons. Photograph by Ron Amstutz

    "My work is about the viewer more than anything else." —Jeff Koons

    Installation view Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (June 27–October 19, 2014) Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y. © Jeff Koons. Photograph by Ron Amstutz

  8. Perfect for a rainy, late summer day: Pat Steir’s September Evening Waterfall (1991). 

    Perfect for a rainy, late summer day: Pat Steir’s September Evening Waterfall (1991). 

  9. One of the amazing things about art is that it changes every day, and its meaning to you changes every day.

    — Jeff Koons

  10. The sculptures in Jeff Koons's Banality series are mash-ups of stuffed animals, gift shop figurines, and images taken from magazines, product packaging, films, and even Leonardo da Vinci.

  11. Jeff Koons with master distiller Booker Noe, filling the components of Jim Beam—J. B. Turner Train (1986) with bourbon at the Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, Kentucky, 1986.

    Jeff Koons with master distiller Booker Noe, filling the components of Jim Beam—J. B. Turner Train (1986) with bourbon at the Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, Kentucky, 1986.

  12. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.

    — Man Ray, born today in 1890. 

  13. “Art has this ability to allow you to connect back through history in the same way that biology does. I’m always looking for source material.” —Jeff Koons
Installation view Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (June 27–October 19, 2014), Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y. © Jeff Koons. Photograph by Ron Amstutz

    “Art has this ability to allow you to connect back through history in the same way that biology does. I’m always looking for source material.” —Jeff Koons

    Installation view Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (June 27–October 19, 2014), Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y. © Jeff Koons. Photograph by Ron Amstutz

  14. Fun fact: Richard Artschwager made the toothpick for Claes Oldenburg's Giant BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich) (1963).
Photo via restaurantgroupie.

    Fun fact: Richard Artschwager made the toothpick for Claes Oldenburg's Giant BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich) (1963).

    Photo via restaurantgroupie.

  15. Planning to attend Jeff Koons: A Retrospective? Listen to the audio guide, featuring commentary by Jeff Koons and curator Scott Rothkopf, among others.
Installation view Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (June 27–October 19, 2014) Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y. © Jeff Koons. Photograph by Ron Amstutz

    Planning to attend Jeff Koons: A Retrospective? Listen to the audio guide, featuring commentary by Jeff Koons and curator Scott Rothkopf, among others.

    Installation view Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (June 27–October 19, 2014) Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y. © Jeff Koons. Photograph by Ron Amstutz