Kenneth Josephson • Paris Photo

Sunday, 24 April 2016

“If restraints did not exist in art, we would not have Jeff Koons’s photographs of himself in sexual intercourse with his then-wife Cicciolina, an Italian porn star. Only the conventions of photography, as a medium blessed with restraint, allowed these images to attain parturition. We could say, courting pomposity, that restraint allowed Jeff Koons’s erect penis, whether simulated or real, to cross the proscenium of art, to leave behind the childish world of experience, and to enter representation, with its salutary illusions, codes, abrasions, and liqueurs.” Wayne Koestenbaum • Cabinet