High and low references galore, Jeff Koons’ Rabbit 1986 combines a lofty legacy and an upstart brashness, all delivered in a quixotic, slippery, reflective surface. Koons went beyond post-modernism with his critiques of power and money, to a create a hyper-commodity: one that embraced the market-place. The semiotics of surfaces, the psychology of the self-reflective, and the cultivation of the cute, camp and kitsch were all a part of this wascally wabbits’ raison d’etre. But what does this have to do with Durer? Well that remains the question.
Juliana Engberg is a curator, writer, publisher and designer, she is the Artistic Director of ACCA and was the Artistic Director of the 19th Biennale of Sydney, 2014.
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