Jeff Koons – Popeye Series

A serious survey of the “Popeye Series” by Jeff Koons is nearing the end of it’s run at the Serpentine Gallery in London.

Jeff Koons - Dogpool (Logs) - 2003-2008
Jeff Koons, Dogpool (Logs), polychromed aluminum, wood, coated steel chain, 2003-2008.

The series under scrutiny includes two dimensional and sculptural artworks produced in Koons’ impressive NYC facility. The use of materials, particularly the cast aluminum, is always a joy to behold. The level of detail beguiles the mind with an uncertain physics.

Jeff Koons - Olive Oyl - 2003
Jeff Koons, Olive Oyl, oil on canvas, 2003.

“Popeye the Sailor” made his first appearance as a character in a popular comic strip in 1929 at the onset of the Great Depression. The impoverished hero battling impossible odds is an archetype that most can relate to in our current “Not so Great Depression.” This timely observation is a nod to the cyclical nature of economics and it’s relation to the artworks we require.

Jeff Koons - Seal Walrus Trashcans - 2003-2009
Jeff Koons, Seal Walrus Trashcans, polychromed aluminum, galvaized steel, 2003-2009.

Jeff Koons
Popeye Series
2 July – 13 September 2009
Serpentine Gallery

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Scott Lickstein is a visual artist and was the founder / primary writer for the art news source, until January 2013 when it merged with NOWhere Limited’s Magazine.

One Response to Jeff Koons – Popeye Series

  1. doghed says:

    i’m dying to have that dog floatie full of firewood! so convenient! simply the perfect accessory for my beloved firepit.

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