The impetuosity, energy, and imagination of one of contemporary art’s undisputed protagonists comes to the big screen in a totally unprecedented portrait.
‘As soon as we started shooting, it was clear that Koons was revealing something to us about himself and his lifestyle in a way and with a generositỳ that had never been seen before.‘ – Pappi Corsicato
Jeff Koons is considered to be one of the most influential, popular and controversial artists in recent decades. Throughout his career, he has experimented with new approaches to the readymade, tested the boundaries between advanced art and mass culture, challenged the limits of industrial fabrication, and transformed the relationship between artists, the cult of celebrity and the global market. He has also been able to elevate kitsch and pop and turn them into masterpieces like few visionary artists have in recent history.
Now an intimate portrait of this polarizing character comes to cinemas thanks to Jeff Koons. An Intimate Portrait by Pappi Corsicato, which chronicles the hidden dynamics behind the person, the artist and the Koons brand. Moving from America to Europe and Qatar spanning several decades, the film will be a unique opportunity to understand the man who took mass-produced everyday objects and transformed them into the highest form of art, elevating their status from the ordinary to the sublime. Through the words of Koons, his sister, his wife and children, as well as critics, gallery owners, artists and scholars such as Mary Boone, Jeffrey Deitch, Massimiliano Gioni, Antonio Homem, Dakis Joannou, Stella McCartney, Andy Moses, Norman Rosenthal, Scott Rothkopf, Julian Schnabel, Linda Yablonsky, this feature documentary takes an intimate journey into the mind of Jeff Koons, with the aim of discovering what motivates him today and what has shaped his incomparable vision throughout his career. A world in which everyday objects and nostalgia for 20th Century pop transcend their original forms and are transformed into works of art, leaving the viewers to focus their attention inward and examine their own thoughts.
Presented in partnership with BRAG – Bathurst Regional Art Gallery