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A Roundtable

“JEFF KOONS MAKES ME SICK.” The words are Peter Schjeldahl’s, and the occasion was a review in the SoHo weekly 7 Days, back in the ’80s, before Koons was quite the museum-certified star he is today. In the course of the write-up, Schjeldahl would turn his conceit around, explaining how undeniable, unstoppable, finally essential the experience of the artist’s work was for him. What makes Koons’s art simultaneously so toxic and so compelling? And why is it both institutionally embraced and yet seen by many as an art of diminishing returns, a symptom of all that is wrong with culture today? Koons is, of course, one of the artists—one of the few artists—for whom, in any pure or immediate sense the oft-used designation neo-Pop has a certain self-evidence. The present panel—and this special issue of Artforum—comes out of a desire to look back at the past several decades of artmaking and to ask

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