Forum Auctions: Select Editions IV (December 2017) - Forum Auctions
In auction

FA
Forum Auctions

Signed, dated and inscribed 'AP' in pencil, one of twenty-nine artist's proofs aside from the standard edition of 50, co-published by the Serpentine Gallery and Other Criteria, London, the full sheet, 420 x 295mm (16 1/2 x 11 5/8in) (unframed)

Medium

Jeff Koons plays with ideas of taste, pleasure, celebrity, and commerce. “I believe in advertisement and media completely,” he says. “My art and my personal life are based in it.” Working with seductive commercial materials (such as the high chromium stainless steel of his “Balloon Dog” sculptures or his vinyl “Inflatables”), shifts of scale, and an elaborate studio system involving many technicians, Koons turns banal objects into high art icons. His paintings and sculptures borrow widely from art-historical techniques and styles; although often seen as ironic or tongue-in-cheek, Koons insists his practice is earnest and optimistic. “I’ve always loved Surrealism and Dada and Pop, so I just follow my interests and focus on them,” he says. “When you do that, things become very metaphysical.” The “Banality” series that brought him fame in the 1980s included pseudo-Baroque sculptures of subjects like Michael Jackson with his pet ape, while his monumental topiaries, like the floral Puppy (1992), reference 17th-century French garden design.

High auction record
$91.1m, Christie's, 2019
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2014
Jeff Koons: Split-RockerPublic Art Fund
Jeff Koons: A RetrospectiveWhitney Museum of American Art
Jeff Koons: HulkBelvedere Museum
View all

Dolphin (Bicycle Ride) (From In the Darkest Hour There May Be Light), 2006

Lithograph printed in colours, on wove paper
16 1/2 × 11 3/5 in
42 × 29.5 cm
Bidding closed
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
FA
Forum Auctions

Signed, dated and inscribed 'AP' in pencil, one of twenty-nine artist's proofs aside …

Medium

Jeff Koons plays with ideas of taste, pleasure, celebrity, and commerce. “I believe in advertisement and media completely,” he says. “My art and my personal life are based in it.” Working with seductive commercial materials (such as the high chromium stainless steel of his “Balloon Dog” sculptures or his vinyl “Inflatables”), shifts of scale, and an elaborate studio system involving many technicians, Koons turns banal objects into high art icons. His paintings and sculptures borrow widely from art-historical techniques and styles; although often seen as ironic or tongue-in-cheek, Koons insists his practice is earnest and optimistic. “I’ve always loved Surrealism and Dada and Pop, so I just follow my interests and focus on them,” he says. “When you do that, things become very metaphysical.” The “Banality” series that brought him fame in the 1980s included pseudo-Baroque sculptures of subjects like Michael Jackson with his pet ape, while his monumental topiaries, like the floral Puppy (1992), reference 17th-century French garden design.

High auction record
$91.1m, Christie's, 2019
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works by Jeff Koons
Related works
Related artists