Jeff Koons Takes Curatorial Reins at Gagosian

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He’s painted cars, photographed gay bunnies, and hopped on the latest imbroglio with the New Museum. Now Jeff Koons is curating a show “that a New York museum should have done” for über-gallerist Larry Gagosian, a retrospective of Chicago Imagist Ed Paschke’s lurid neon paintings that subvert the harmless, playful side of Pop Art. (Notably, Koons worked as Paschke’s studio assistant in the early 1970s after transferring from to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.) Gagosian Gallery’s Ed Paschke exhibition, up through April 24, comprises 40 works created between 1968 and 1987; preview after the jump.

Ed Paschke, Dystonia (1981), courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

Ed Paschke, Mandrix (1977) and Banjo Man (1978), courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

Ed Paschke, Gestapo (1979), courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

Ed Paschke, Pink Lady (1970) and Velveteen (1973), courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.

Installation views of Ed Paschke at Gagosian Gallery, curated by Jeff Koons.