The Art Newspaper ran a few highlights of Norman Rosenthal’s interview with Jeff Koons:
- Rosenthal didn’t waste any time establishing Koons’s credentials as one of the most influential contemporary artists of the age. He described an early encounter in 1992 when he saw Puppy, a 40-foot tall sculpture of 60,000 flowers. “I screamed when I saw the thing,” said Rosenthal. “If Louis XIV saw this thing, he would have made him [Koons] a Marquise right away.”
- “If people say they don’t like my work, I feel like a failure,” says Koons.
- Koons employs 120 people and keeps a tight rein over his operation. “It is my work and everything is controlled by me,” he said. “I get nervous when I am away for more than a couple of days.”
Lindsay Pollock on Koons/Rosenthal (The Art Newspaper)