Jeff Koons, ‘Jim Beam - J.B. Turner Engine’, Christie's

Jeff Koons (B. 1955)

Jim Beam - J.B. Turner Engine

stainless steel, bourbon

11 x 17 x 6 1/2 in. (27.9 x 43.2 x 16.5 cm.)

Executed in 1986. This work is number three from an edition of three plus one artist's proof.

Signature: Jim Beam - J.B. Turner Engine

New York, Craig F. Starr Gallery, Jeff Koons- Jim Beam - J.B. Turner Engine and six individual cars, February–March 2015 (another example exhibited).

J. Siegel, "Jeff Koons: Unachievable States of Being," Art Magazine, October 1986, p. 67.

R. Smith, "Rituals of Consumption," _Art in America,_May 1988, p. 168 (another example illustrated in color).

A d'Offay, J. Koons, and R. Rosenblum, _The Jeff Koons Handbook: A Catalogue Raisonné,_London, 1992, p. 157.

A. Muthesius, Jeff Koons, Cologne, 1992, p. 71, fig. 2 (another example illustrated in color).

H. Holzwarth, Jeff Koons, Cologne, 2007, p. 195 (another example illustrated in color).

K. Johnson, "Jeff Koons: ‘Jim Beam - J. B. Turner Engine and Six Individual Cars,’" _New York Times,_5 March 2015.

Private collection, acquired directly from the artist, 1991

Anon. sale; Sotheby's, New York, 12 May 2010, lot 23

Acquired at the above sale by 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