Jeff Koons To Get a Solo Show at Damien Hirst’s Gallery in May

Hirst has been collecting Koons for over a decade.

Jeff Koons.Photo: Courtesy of Patrick McMullan.
Jeff Koons.
Photo: Courtesy of Patrick McMullan.

Art-world wonder boy Jeff Koons is teaming up with Damien Hirst this spring for a new exhibition.

Now,” which the Newport Street Gallery states is the artist’s first major show in the United Kingdom since his exhibition at Serpentine Gallery in 2009, is slated to feature paintings and sculptures from the artists oeuvre over the past few decades, dating from 1979-2014. The objects will be culled from fellow artist and long-time friend Damien Hirst‘s private collection.

Jeff Koons, <em>Made in Heaven</em> (1989).<br>Photo: Courtesy of YouTube.

Jeff Koons, Made in Heaven (1989).
Photo: Courtesy of YouTube.

For a closer look at what to expect, fans of the pop artist may delight in anticipation: Among the show’s thirty-plus works, a number of his iconic pieces will be on view, including selections from Equilibrium, Popeye, and the ever-naughty Made in Heaven series.

While these familiar objects are sure to draw crowds, the “greatest hits” roundup looks quite similar to his colorful 2014 retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Hirst’s taste in Koons’s work is neither news nor surprising, considering the pair are old friends with a lot more in common than aesthetic sensibilities. As two of the most expensive living artists on their respective sides of the Atlantic (Koons takes the throne as number one in the US and Hirst is number two in the UK), the power duo certainly makes for good company. In fact, the gallery states that Hirst has been collecting Koons’s work for over 12 years.

Needless to say, this upcoming show comes at a good time for the American artist, who was sued last year by Mitchel Gray over copyright infringement.

Jeff Koons’s solo exhibition “Now” will be on view at London’s Newport Street Gallery from May 18-October 16, 2016.

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