Jeff Koons loves Phaidon's Wild Art

The iconic American artist is "blown away" by our new Joachim Pissarro and David Carrier book
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Hot With The Chance Of Late Storm (2006) - The Glue Society from Wild Art
Hot With The Chance Of Late Storm (2006) - The Glue Society from Wild Art

In their introductory essay to our forthcoming book Wild Art authors Joachim Pissarro and David Carrier state that “just as wild animals live outside the realm of domesticated cats and dogs, so wild art exists outside of this art world, where life is governed by a complex bureaucratic system.” It's a neat way of thinking about the book, which takes in aesthetic objects created, shown, and enjoyed completely outside of the established gallery system.

 

What Came First? - Kyle Bean from Wild Art
What Came First? - Kyle Bean from Wild Art

We can see why Koons is a fan. As an artist he thrives within the conventional art world - indeed, he's often cited as being America's most successful living artist. Yet his work also suits public settings and crowd reactions, and is welll received outside the rarefied white exhibition space. His huge flowering dog sculpture, Puppy (1992), toured public spaces in Spain, Australia and New York, garnering great responses across the globe.

 

Tilting Planet (2009) - Sarah Sze from Wild Art
Tilting Planet (2009) - Sarah Sze from Wild Art

Koons says that he's "blown away by Wild Art”, adding that “the images are so refreshing and startling that they help you look at the everyday world again renewed and invigorated. Joachim Pissarro and David Carrier have created a wonderful book." Koons has worked with our authors before; Pissarro in particular has co-curated exhibitions by the artist, written essays to accompany Koons shows, and contributed to a 2012 book on his painting and sculpture. 

 

Minimum Monument - Nèle Azevedo from Wild Art
Minimum Monument - Nèle Azevedo from Wild Art

Yet, while Koons is obviously familiar with the authors, we are certain it is the heterogeneous imagery in the book itself that truly delighted him. After all, this is an artist who is as at ease drawing from the ancient world as from the Marvel Universe. We'd like to take the opportunity to thank Mr Koons, and to encourage all our readers to take a look at the forthcoming book, which is available for pre-order here. If you want to tweet this story do so using the #WildArt

Jeff Koons
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