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Jeff Koons, Violet Ice (Kama Sutra), 1991, colored glass, 13 x 27 1/4 x 16 1/2". From the series “Made in Heaven,” 1990–91.

Jeff Koons

Luxembourg & Dayan | New York

Jeff Koons, Violet Ice (Kama Sutra), 1991, colored glass, 13 x 27 1/4 x 16 1/2". From the series “Made in Heaven,” 1990–91.

On the occasion of a 2006 exhibition of his work at the Serpentine Gallery in London, Jeff Koons spoke to journalist Farah Nayeri about one of the infamous pictures from the “Made in Heaven,” 1990–91, series depicting the artist and Ilona Staller (aka Cicciolina), his then-soon-to-be-ex-wife, in scenes of intimate joy and compromise: “I always liked this painting,” he said with a straight face. He then praised the pimples on Staller’s backside and explained how the work conveyed a “removal of cultural guilt and shame.”

Twenty years after the debut of the series at the 1990 Venice Biennale, “Made in Heaven” returns to New York at Luxembourg & Dayan’s elegant Upper East Side town house gallery, and we are given the chance to reconsider questions of guilt and shame as they pertain to explicit sexual imagery, Koons’s work in general, the mores of the contemporary art world, and whatnot.

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