Jeff Koons: Made in Heaven, Paintings

Jeff Koons

Luxembourg & Dayan, New York

October 6, 2010 - January 6, 2011

Press Release

In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the original Venice presentation of this landmark series, Luxembourg & Dayan unveiled Jeff Koons: Made in Heaven Paintings (2010–11).

Made in Heaven celebrated, in explicit sexual terms, Koons's union with wife Ilona Staller, the Italian porn star and politician known as La Cicciolina. Depicting the pair as a contemporary Adam and Eve, the series featured works with such titles as Dirty Ejaculation and Ilonaʼs Asshole—generating controversy that overshadowed its complex dialogue with the history of art and Koonsʼs exploration of the established values of traditional painting and photography. Made in Heaven remains one of the most hotly debated bodies of work in the career of this celebrated artist.

Koons's Made in Heaven paintings reference art from the Baroque and Rococo periods—Berniniʼs expressions of physical ecstasy as a portal to the realm of the sublime and the carefully staged, allusive love scenes of Fragonard and Boucher that titillated contemporary audiences—and also draw upon the breakthroughs of such early modern painters as Courbet and Manet.