First in a Three-Part Series on the Occasion of Koons' Whitney Retrospective

First in a series of three excerpts from a video shoot with Jeff Koons in which he shares the message in his art, posted on the occasion of his Whitney retrospective. Koons' 11’ Pluto & Proserpina sculpture, part of a new series, is on loan to the museum from Oceana Bal Harbour, a gracious, all-glass condominium project rising on a rare, 5-acre oceanfront site in Bal Harbour, Florida. Developer and world-class art collector Eduardo Costantini selected two Koons sculptures (Pluto & Proserpina and Ballerina) for this very special gated community. From NYC, Pluto & Proserpina will travel to Paris and Bilbao before making its home on the grounds of Oceana Bal Harbour.

Transcendence + Freedom

"Both works (Pluto & Proserpina and Ballerina) function very emotionally about a sense of opportunity -- a chance of transcendence that we have in our lives to exploit the freedom that we have. Everyday we have absolute freedom; we just need a sense of understanding of enlightenment to be able to realize that freedom and to accept it.

 “I hope these pieces trigger interest in people to experience more and broader freedom.”

-- Jeff Koons