New York Magazine features Jeff Koons

YDR file; Jeff Koons recalls going to Central Market in York as a child while waiting in the market for the State of the City Address April 12, 2012. Koons was among those honored with the mayor's award for the arts.

YDR file; Jeff Koons recalls going to Central Market in York as a child while waiting in the market for the State of the City Address April 12, 2012. Koons was among those honored with the mayor’s award for the arts.

Vulture posted a profile on York County native pop artist Jeff Koons on May 5. The article contains a note that it appeared in the May 13 New York Magazine. Koons is on the cover of the magazine. Writer Carl Swanson spent time in Koons’ “quarter-city-block West Chelsea studio complex with the six children he has with his wife, Justine, who worked here before she married him.” Read a few excerpts from the piece:

It is a large operation, and everyone makes way for Koons. The 58-year-old artist is polite, ­proprietary, aware of every tiny detail around him, his eye on a meticulous hunt for deviations from his vision. As he surveys the labor, he drinks from his Led Zeppelin coffee mug (he’s a huge fan) and tells me his other primary mug has a picture of the chubby totemic Venus of Willendorf, a 25,000-year-old carved figure found in present-day Austria, a longtime fascination of his and also the subject of an elaborate stainless-steel sculpture he’ll be showing this week in New York. “I believe that art has been a vehicle for me that’s been about enlightenment and expanding my own parameters, to give me courage to exercise the freedom that I have in life,” he tells me. “Every day I wake up and I really try to pinch myself to take advantage of today and to use that freedom of gesture to do what I really like to do.”

As they do most every Friday afternoon, Koons, Justine, and their six children are gathering to drive the three and a half hours to their 650-acre farm near Koons’s childhood home in York, Pennsylvania. [FlipSide blog note: Koons is actually from the Dover area.] … The farm to which Koons is retreating with his clan was originally his grandmother’s, which he bought back in another kind of nostalgic preservation of the idea of his childhood. During the week, he and his brood live uptown near the good private schools. But you get the idea their real home is in the countryside with their sheep and Icelandic horses. “The kids don’t even like to go to Central Park anymore,” Justine tells me as she corrals them. “Too many other people.”

More:
— Read a 2010 interview with Koons on his farm in York County, childhood memories and recent works.
Is Jeff Koons the new Andy Warhol?

About Erin McCracken

I'm a FlipSide reporter covering all things entertainment in southcentral Pennsylvania. Contact me at emccracken@ydr.com or leave a comment.
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