The Macklowe Collection: Michael Macaulay on Koons' - New Hoover Convertibles, New Shelton Wet/Dry 10 Gallon Doubledecker, 1981-86

The Macklowe Collection: Michael Macaulay on Koons' - New Hoover Convertibles, New Shelton Wet/Dry 10 Gallon Doubledecker, 1981-86

In this video, join Sotheby's Michael Macaulay in an exploration of Jeff Koons's New Hoover Convertibles, New Shelton Wet/Dry 10 Gallon Doubledecker, to be offered as a highlight of The Macklowe Collection May 2022. A paradigm of The New series, New Hoover Convertibles, New Shelton Wet/Dry 10 Gallon Doubledecker from 1981-86 epitomizes a transformative moment in Koons’s conceptual and artistic practice. Created amid 1980s cultural excess, the present work plays with the popular culture of its era while remaining timeless in its steadfast beauty. Koons embraces the possibilities allowed by his predecessors, Pop Art and Dada, and surpasses the artistic conventions that they imposed on the readymade as art. Unlike the shocking irreverence of Marcel Duchamp’s infamous Fountain (1917), Koons’s pristine and stunningly presented appliances evoke awe and desire from their viewers, despite the appropriated objects being just as functional and quotidian as Duchamp's urinal.

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