1. 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.

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

    — Man Ray, born today in 1890. 

  3. “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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. What an artist is trying to do for people is to bring them closer to something, because art is about sharing: you wouldn’t be an artist unless you wanted to share an experience, a thought.

    — David Hockney, born today in 1937.

  7. jewelzafra:

Inflatable Flower by Jeff Koons

“The inflatables are really where I think my history as an artist begins.” —Jeff Koons

    jewelzafra:

    Inflatable Flower by Jeff Koons

    “The inflatables are really where I think my history as an artist begins.” —Jeff Koons

  8. "My work isn’t about form. It’s about seeing. I’m excited about seeing things and I’m interested in the way I think other people saw things." —Roy Lichtenstein
See his work in American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe through Sunday.

    "My work isn’t about form. It’s about seeing. I’m excited about seeing things and I’m interested in the way I think other people saw things." —Roy Lichtenstein

    See his work in American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe through Sunday.

  9. "What inspires me is feeling. I’m talking about a sense of excitement, of awe and wonder. As a child, you have a kind of openness." —Jeff Koons to Art in America.
Jeff Koons (b. 1955), Bear and Policeman, 1988. Polychromed wood; 85 × 43 × 37 in. (215.9 × 109.2 × 94 cm). Artist’s proof. Collection of Jeffrey Deitch. © Jeff Koons

    "What inspires me is feeling. I’m talking about a sense of excitement, of awe and wonder. As a child, you have a kind of openness." —Jeff Koons to Art in America.

    Jeff Koons (b. 1955), Bear and Policeman, 1988. Polychromed wood; 85 × 43 × 37 in. (215.9 × 109.2 × 94 cm). Artist’s proof. Collection of Jeffrey Deitch. © Jeff Koons

  10. Actual space is intrinsically more powerful and specific than paint on a flat surface.

    — Donald Judd, born today in 1928.

  11. jayzslifeandtimes:

Whitney Museum Presents: “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” http://bit.ly/1lP2oBk

Our Jeff Koons retrospective opens a month from today!  

    jayzslifeandtimes:

    Whitney Museum Presents: “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” http://bit.ly/1lP2oBk

    Our Jeff Koons retrospective opens a month from today!  

  12. "For our system of government to work, there has to be that sway there. Otherwise we’re doomed. We have to question: maybe it’s this way; maybe it’s that way; probably it’s a bit of both. There’s some good in all bad. There’s some bad in all good." —Flawless Sabrina

    New on Whitney Stories: Flawless Sabrina, Biennial artist Zackary Drucker, and senior curatorial assistant Elisabeth Sherman discuss tarot card readings; the first drag contest Flawless Sabrina initiated in 1959; and the ever-changing landscape of New York City. 

  13. If you’re a painter, you’re not alone. There’s no way to be alone.

    — Franz Kline, born today in 1910.

  14. Curator Scott Rothkopf and Jeff Koons visit the sculpture Play-Doh at a foundry in upstate New York. The sculpture has been in the works for over twenty years (!) and will be premiered at the Whitney in Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, opening June 27.

    Curator Scott Rothkopf and Jeff Koons visit the sculpture Play-Doh at a foundry in upstate New York. The sculpture has been in the works for over twenty years (!) and will be premiered at the Whitney in Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, opening June 27.

  15. Artist’s process: Sheila Hicks’s study for Pillar of Inquiry/Supple Column (2013–14) alongside the final work. See it in person before the 2014 Biennial closes on Sunday. 

    Artist’s process: Sheila Hicks’s study for Pillar of Inquiry/Supple Column (2013–14) alongside the final work. See it in person before the 2014 Biennial closes on Sunday.