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In response to the popularity of ‘Jeff Koons: A Retrospective’, the Whitney Museum of American Art is expanding its operations to six days per week by opening on Mondays from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. from 1 September 2014 (Labor Day). The Museum has already extended its Friday hours, opening at 11 a.m., two hours earlier than usual. The new schedule will continue for the duration of the exhibition, which will close on 19 October. (See Tom Huhn’s review of the show in August Cassone.)
‘Lucid, challenging, brilliantly installed, according to The New York Times, ‘Jeff Koons: A Retrospective’ is the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the artist’s work. By reconstituting all of his most well-known pieces and significant series in a chronological narrative, the retrospective allows visitors to understand Koons’ remarkably diverse output as a multifaceted whole. This also marks the artist’s first major museum presentation in New York, and the first time nearly the entirety of the Whitney’s Marcel Breuer building has been filled with a single artist’s work. It will also be the final exhibition to take place there before the Museum opens its new building in the Meatpacking District in spring 2015.
Additionally, three exhibitions featuring the Museum’s permanent collection are currently on view in the fifth floor and fifth-floor mezzanine galleries: ‘Shaping A Collection: Five Decades of Gifts’ honours benefactors who were instrumental in expanding the Whitney’s collection and includes works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Agnes Martin, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol; ‘Edward Hopper and Photography’ pairs Hopper paintings from the Whitney’s collection with works by six contemporary photographers – Gregory Crewdson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, William Eggleston, Steve Fitch, Todd Hido, and Stephen Shore; and ‘Collecting Calder’ presents a selection of Alexander Calder’s sculptures and drawings.
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