Originally posted on Art 21. This video is excerpted from a Season 5 episode of Art 21, titled Fantasy.
“Fantasy” presents four artists — Cao Fei, Mary Heilmann, Jeff Koons, and Florian Maier-Aichen — whose hallucinatory, irreverent, and sublime works transport us to imaginary worlds and altered states of consciousness.
Jeff Koons plucks images and objects from popular culture, framing questions about taste and pleasure. His contextual sleight-of-hand, which transforms banal items into sumptuous icons, takes on a psychological dimension through dramatic shifts in scale, spectacularly engineered surfaces, and subliminal allegories of animals, humans, and anthropomorphized objects.
Season 5 of Art 21 premieres on PBS Wednesday, October 14, 2009 @ 10pm (est).