Jeff Koons retrospective won’t come to MOCA: report

Artist Jeff Koons in New York in 2008.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Next year’s highly anticipated retrospective of artist Jeff Koons won’t be debuting in Los Angeles as previously expected, according to a recent report.

Bloomberg has reported that the show, which will be Koons’ first major retrospective in years, will instead premiere in New York at the Whitney Museum of American Art before traveling to Paris at the Centre Pompidou.

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Koons had been expected to unveil the exhibition in January at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art. But a Whitney spokesman told Bloomberg in a report published Friday that MOCA has bowed out of the show and that it will premiere in New York in June.

A MOCA spokeswoman didn’t respond to a request for comment.

It remains unclear whether the cancellation is related to the imminent departure of MOCA President Jeffrey Deitch. Last month, the former New York art dealer officially announced his decision to leave the museum, following a stormy tenure that included high-profile defections from the board.


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