Author(s): Lisa Phillips
"Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection" accompanies the first exhibition in the United States of the Athens-based Dakis Joannou Collection, renowned as one of the leading collections of contemporary art in the world. This is also the first exhibition curated by artist Jeff Koons, whose work inspired Joannou to start his collection in 1985. Koons has selected sculptures, works on paper, paintings, installations and videos by a group of artists that includes Janine Antoni, Matthew Barney, Maurizio Cattelan, Nathalie Djurberg, Robert Gober, Mike Kelley, Terence Koh, Mark Manders, Paul McCarthy, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Kiki Smith, Christiana Soulou, Jannis Varelas, Kara Walker and Andro Wekua, among others. This catalogue contains more than 100 full-color illustrations of works from Joannou's collection, and features Koons in conversation with Lisa Phillips; an essay by Massimiliano Gioni; full spreads from such classic (and rare) publications as "Post Human; "and an anthology of previously commissioned essays for Joannou's DESTE Foundation publications by Nicolas Bourriaud, Jeffrey Deitch, Peter Halley, Nancy Spector and Lynne Tillman.