„I try to be a truthful artist and I try to show a level of courage. I enjoy that. I’m a messenger.“

—  Jeff Koons, Jeff Koons in: Ottman, K. (1988) "Jeff Koons," Journal of Contemporary Art–Online 1(1): 18–23; cited in: Galman, Sally AC. "The truthful messenger: visual methods and representation in qualitative research in education." qualitative research 9.2 (2009): 197-217.
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