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Jeff Koons’ Christ and the Lamb

ANNIVERSARIES MEAN TRIPS down Memory Lane; and now, thinking of 30+ years of Artforum lands me back in March 1965, when I first appeared in a journal already three years old but still the hottest new art-magazine in town. I had a hot and youthful topic, too, Frank Stella, who was then not even as old as Artforum is today, but who had already polarized the art world into the ranks of sneerers versus enthusiasts. Now I’m asked to select a work of art that updates for me those eureka experiences of the 1960s. I make a beeline for Jeff Koons.

Koons is certainly the artist who has most upset and rejuvenated my seeing and thinking in the last decade. Choosing a work, however, is harder, since Koons’ range—from Plexiglas to topiary, from Woolworth’s to Versailles, from basketballs to pornographic bibelots—keeps expanding. But I have finally homed in on a mirror Koons produced in 1988, Christ

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