Long before Damien Hirst pickled his first shark or studded a skull with diamonds, there was a certain American artist breaking auction records and capturing the spectacular for art audiences across the world. That man is Jeff Koons.
Existing in the middle of kitsch, sensation, lewd and blatantly commerical, Koons has been at the forefront of modern art for decades.
His work has evolved continuously, but an underpinning obsession with construction, graphics, consumerism and childhood pervades all the decades of work.
Take a look at the hanging hearts – seemingly airless inflatable balloons – although huge in proportion (they are in fact steel) and I defy you not to be won over by a sense of wonder akin to unwrapping Christmas presents as a child.Follow @ispyer