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Jeff Koons's latest achievement: a new standard in prolix, complacent, solipsistic, muddled drivel

A review of Jeff Koons: Conversations with Norman Rosenthal. Koons’s sub-adult work is not worth getting cross about – although it has nonetheless proved poisonous to younger artists

25 October 2014

9:00 AM

25 October 2014

9:00 AM

Jeff Koons: Conversations with Norman Rosenthal Jeff Koons and Norman Rosenthal

Thames & Hudson, pp.296, £19.95, ISBN: 9780500093825

Jeff Koons is, by measures understood in Wall Street, the most successful living artist. But he’s a slick brand manager rather than a tormented creative soul. The Koons brand includes a stainless steel bust of Louis XIV, a red aluminium lobster and balloon dogs, plus countless knock-offs of novelty-store dross.

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