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Jeff Koons' whimsy takes over NYC museum

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  • Art pieces by Jeff Koons are on display in "Jeff Koons: A Retrospective" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

      Art pieces by Jeff Koons are on display in "Jeff Koons: A Retrospective" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
    Associated Press

  • Jeff Koons poses for photos in front of one of his pieces during the media preview of "Jeff Koons: A Retrospective" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

      Jeff Koons poses for photos in front of one of his pieces during the media preview of "Jeff Koons: A Retrospective" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
    Associated Press

  • "Hanging Heart" is displayed during the media preview of "Jeff Koons: A Retrospective" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

      "Hanging Heart" is displayed during the media preview of "Jeff Koons: A Retrospective" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
    Associated Press

  • Jeff Koons attends the media preview of "Jeff Koons: A Retrospective" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The exhibit runs through Oct. 19.

      Jeff Koons attends the media preview of "Jeff Koons: A Retrospective" at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The exhibit runs through Oct. 19.
    Associated Press

 
By Ula Ilnytzky, Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Jeff Koons has taken over the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The contemporary artist's oversized toylike sculptures and other works spanning a three-decade career now fill nearly the entire museum, in an exhibit that runs through Oct. 19. Some pieces were completed just days before the opening, including a 10-foot-high sculpture called "Play-Doh."

The Jeff Koons retrospective also marks the final exhibition at the Whitney's uptown Manhattan location. In 2015, it will move to a new downtown location.

Installing the show has been a herculean task for the museum. For the first time, it had to remove the front doors and find creative ways to get the monumental pieces to upper galleries.

The exhibition will travel to Paris in November and then to Spain next summer.

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