Jeff Koonsâ€™ forthcoming monograph traces his spectacular career from 1979 to the present. True to form, the book honors his overstated aesthetic with proportions that may dwarf some coffee tables. Limited to a pressing of 1,600 copies, it serves as both an in-depth biographical look at the artist and a career retrospective of his work, complete with hundreds of oversized images. For the content, book designer and editor Hans Werner Holzwarth culled essays from Interview magazineâ€™s editor-in-chief, Ingrid Sischy, as well as Katy Siegel and Eckhard Schneider.
Since Koons regularly commands millions on the auction circuit, this book will serve as a large-format approximation of his work for contemporary art enthusiasts of more humble means, which is not to say itâ€™s cheap. The â€œCollectorâ€™s Editionâ€ comes in a cloth-covered clamshell box and will be restricted to 1,500 signed copies that go for $1000 each. The â€œArt Editionâ€ is much the same, but will likely cost considerably more, as it is limited to 100 copies and accompanied by â€œan artwork." The nature of the work remains unclear, but odds are it won't be a 90-ton puppy statue.
Both editions will be available in April. You can preorder them at Taschen.