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Jeff Koon’s work looks at everything from consumerism to sex and celebrity - with his balloon sculptures giving new meaning to the term ‘POP’ art. He uses toys, inflatables, household items and luxury goods to explore the human experience within popular culture and the material modern world.
Image © Christie's / Rabbit © Jeff Koons 1986
The work of ‘King of Kitsch’ Jeff Koons is known for attracting staggeringly high auction prices. The sale of Rabbit (1986) at Christie’s New York in May 2019 is a case in point; at the time it was the most expensive work of art ever sold by a living artist, realising a sale price of over US$91 million. The stainless steel sculpture, 1 of an edition of 3, was sold by the estate of the late magazine publisher and heir to Condé Nast, Samuel Irving Newhouse Jr. The work was bought up by hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen, the owner of the New York Mets baseball team.
Image Christie's Balloon Dog (Orange) Jeff Koons 1994
With the appearance of a balloon’s soft and malleable surface, the monumental stainless steel sculpture Balloon Dog (Orange) was created by American artist Jeff Koons in 1994. Part of Koons’s Celebration series, it realised an enormous US$58,405,000 at auction at Christie’s New York in November 2013.
Along with another of the artist’s sculptural works, Rabbit (1986), which sold for over US$91 million in 2019, Balloon Dog (Orange) broke the record for the highest auction price for a work by a living artist. Purchased by an unknown telephone buyer, Balloon Dog (Orange) was once owned by publishing tycoon Peter Brant.
A large-scale metallic sculpture in the form of a bunch of cartoon-like flowers, Tulips (1995) belongs to Jeff Koons’s Celebration series. Measuring two metres tall and five metres wide, Tulips (1995) sold for a similarly monumental US$33.6 million in 2012 at Christie’s auction house in New York.
Started in 1994, the Celebration series marked the aftermath of Koons’s split from his Hungarian-Italian wife, Ilona Staller. A subject of the artist’s highly controversial Made In Heaven (1990) photography s
ries, first shown at the 1990 Venice Biennale, Staller took the pair’s newly-born son to Italy with her after a breakdown in their relationship. In an attempt to convince his young family to return to the US, Koons commissioned a series of sculptures representing life’s milestones.
Image © Christie's / Jim Beam – J.N. Turner Train © Jeff Koons 1986