Jeff Koons, ‘Flower Drawing (Orange)’, Christie's

Jeff Koons (b. 1955)

Flower Drawing (Orange)

signed and dated ''03 Koons' (on the reverse)

mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating

58 3/4 x 58 3/4 x 1 in. (149.2 x 149.2 x 2.5 cm.)

Executed in 2003. This work is one of five unique versions.

Signature: signed and dated ''03 Koons' (on the reverse)

New York, Acquavella Galleries, The Pop Object; The Still Life Tradition in Pop Art, April-May 2013 (another example exhibited and illustrated).

_Jeff Koons /Andy Warhol: Flowers,New York, Gagosian Gallery, exh. cat.,_ 2002, p. 38 (another example illustrated in color).

Jeff Koons, Naples, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, exh. cat., 2003, p. 115 (another example illustrated in color).

The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, acquired directly from the artist

By descent from the above to the present owner

About Jeff Koons

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.

American, b. 1955, York, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York