Jeff Koons - New Balloon Editions - 2017
We are delighted that we are able to offer you Jeff Koons' new iconic limited edition sculptures:
Jeff Koons - Balloon Rabbit, Balloon Swan and Balloon Monkey.
This set of Jeff Koons Balloon Animals includes the newest limited editions made of highly reflective porcelain. Incorporating the vocabulary of his iconic Celebration sculptures, Balloon Rabbit, Balloon Monkey and Balloon Swan marked a spectacular new chapter in Jeff Koons’s oeuvre.
Koons highly acclaimed Celebration series, starting in the early 1990s, evokes with its large-scale motifs of balloon animals, wrapped Easter eggs or stacks of play-doo, cheerful and light-hearted children’s memories of birthday parties and holidays. The iconic forms of the balloon animals – dog, swan, rabbit and monkey – have been blown up to gigantic sculptures of steel, covered with a transparent chromatic coating. This finish gives the massive artworks a fragile and light appearance. These works will now be available for collectors in a smaller size as iconic editions produced by the high-end French porcelain manufacture Bernardaud.“It is about celebration and childhood and color and simplicity – but it’s also a Trojan horse. It’s a Trojan horse to the whole body of art work.”
Medium: Porcelain with chromatic coating
Size Balloon Rabbit Red: 29.2 x 13.9 x 21.0 cm (11.5 x 5.4 x 8.2 in)
Size Balloon Monkey Blue: 24.9 x 20.9 x 39.2 cm (9.8 x 8.2 x 15.4 in)
Size Balloon Swan Yellow: 24.1 x 16.4 x 21.0 cm (9.4 x 6.4 x 8.2 in)
Edition of 999 each
Signed and numbered
Available individually or in a set of 3 sculptures.
Prices: on request
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Price will increase as edition sells out.
Jeff Koons (born 1955) playfully tests the boundaries of commerce, celebrity, banality and pleasure. He rose to prominence in the mid-1980s as part of a generation of artists who explored the meaning of art in a media-saturated era. Koons turns banal commercial or everyday objects into art icons by using seductive materials, a shift of scale and a contextual displacement. Jeff Koons’s “Balloon Dog” (featuring his enormous iconic chromium stainless steel dogs); his large-scale vinyl “Inflatables”; or the giant “Split Rocker” all follow this principle. For instance, Jeff Koons in “Puppy” engaged the past and the present, referencing the eighteenth-century formal garden, while adding the most sugary of iconography.
“It’s basically the medium that defines people’s perceptions of the world, of life itself, how to interact with others. The media defines reality.”
JEFF KOONSOriginally licensed as a commodities broker, Koons decided to become an artist in the late 1970s and moved from Wall Street into a factory-like studio in SoHo with hundreds of assistants. Since then, he has produced different iconic series, like the “Pre-New”, a series of domestic objects in strange new configurations, and “The Equilibrium” series, consisting of basketballs floating in distilled water tanks. The “Banality” series, which includes Jeff Koons´s “Michael Jackson and Bubbles” and “Woman in Tub”, among others, is characterised by oddly eroticised, comic and kitsch images. However, it is indeed Koons’s “Made in Heaven” series that is his most provocative and controversial work, in which he examines the place of sexuality in visual culture. Koons is widely regarded as one of the most important, influential and controversial contemporary artists. He constantly tests the boundaries between art and commerce, high culture and mass culture, ready-made and art object, by decontextualising his objects and lifting them to iconic status. Jeff Koons´s art is the result of his intention to bring it out of the enclave of the genius-driven artist into the realms of contemporary pop and commerce-driven culture.