Jeff Koons, ‘Louis XIV’, Christie's

Jeff Koons (b. 1955)

Louis XIV

stainless steel

46 x 27 x 15 in. (116.8 x 68.6 x 38.1 cm.)

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

Signature: Louis XIV

New York, Sonnabend Gallery, Group Show, October-November 1986 (another example exhibited).

Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musee d’Art Moderne, Cartes Blanches, Les Courtiers du Desir, April-May 1987 (another example exhibited).

Milwaukee Art Museum, Simulations, New American Conceptualism, November 1987-January 1988, no. 6 (another example illustrated and exhibited).

Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jeff Koons: Works 1979 - 1988, July-August 1988, p. 3, no. 20 (another example illustrated and exhibited).

Dayton, Wright State University, University Art Galleries and Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Redefining the Object, May-June 1988, p. 7 (another example illustrated and exhibited).

Boston, Institute of Contemporary Art and Museum of Fine Arts; Düsseldorf, Städtische Kunsthalle, Kunsthalle Bremen and Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, The BiNational: German Art of the Late '80's, September 1988-June 1989, p. 127, no. 41 (another example illustrated in color and exhibited).

The Art Institute of Chicago, Affinities and Intuitions: The Gerald S. Elliott Collection of Contemporary Art, May-July 1990, p. 291, no. 75 (another example illustrated in color and exhibited).

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, Jeff Koons, December 1992-October 1993, no. 32 (another example illustrated and exhibited).

Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum; Aarhus Kunsmuseum and Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Jeff Koons, November 1992-April 1993, p. 51 (another example illustrated and exhibited).

Athens School of Fine Arts; Copenhagen, Museum of Modern Art and New York, Guggenheim Museum Soho, Everything That's Interesting is New: the Dakis Joannou Collection, January-April 1996, pp. 154 and 293 (another example illustrated in color).

Athens, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Monument to Now: the Dakis Joannou Collection, June-December 2004, p. 206 (another example illustrated in color).

Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Taschen Collection, October 2004-January 2005, p. 123 (illustrated).

Chateau de Versailles, Jeff Koons Versailles, October 2008-April 2009, pp. 53-55, 144 and 166 (another example illustrated in color and exhibited).

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Pittsburgh, Andy Warhol Museum, Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years, September 2012-April 2013, p. 68, no. 95 (another example illustrated in color and exhibited).

New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Paris, Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne and Guggenheim Bilbao, Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, June 2014-September 2015, p. 91 and 97, pl. 46 (another example illustrated and exhibited).

G. Politi, "Luxury and Desire: An Interview with Jeff Koons," _Flash Art,_February-March 1987, pp. 71-76 (another example illustrated in color).

K. Honnef, ed., _Contemporary Art,_Hamburg, 1990, p. 27 (illustrated in color).

R. Smith, "Rituals of Consumption," _Art in America,_May 1988, pp. 4, 164-170 (another example illustrated in color and on the cover).

T. Dreher, "Jeff Koons, Objekt-Bilder," _Artefactum,_no. 27, February-March 1989, pp. 6-11.

A. Muthesius, ed., _Jeff Koons,_Cologne, 1992, p. 91, no. 8 (illustrated in color).

A. d'Offay, J. Koons, and R. Rosenblum, _The Jeff Koons Handbook: A Catalogue Raisonné,_London, 1992, pp. 76-77 (another example illustrated).

A. Beeke, "Jeff Koons," _Stedelijk Bulletin,_November 1992, p. 76 (another example illustrated).

F. Hettig, "Jeff Koons," _Kunstforum International,_v. 121, Kunst und Humor II, 1993, p. 109 (another example illustrated).

_Jeff Koons,_exh. cat., Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples, 2003, p. 55 (another example illustrated).

“Pairs – Die Paare: Jeff Koons/Yan Pei-Ming/Emil Nolde,” _Die Welt,_Spring 2007, p. 2.

J. Benhamou-Huet, "Exposition: Le roi du kitsch trone a Versailles," _Le Point,_4 September 2008, p. 84 (illustrated in color).

L. Cenac, "Le roi Koons a Versailles," _Madame Figaro,_6 September 2008, p. 142 (illustrated in color).

H.W. Holzwarth, ed., Jeff Koons, Cologne 2008, p. 217 (illustrated in color).

H.W. Holzwarth, ed., _Jeff Koons,_Cologne, 2009, p. 215 (illustrated in color).

P. Javault, "Le Bon Exemple: Jeff Koons" in 20/27 N 05, 2011, illustrated in color p. 136

M. Polsinelli and S. Burkhanova, “The Words,” _Garage Magazine,_Fall/Winter 2014, p. 91.

_Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s,_exh. cat., Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, September 2014-January 2015, p. 94.

J. Koons and N. Rosenthal, Jeff Koons: Conversations with Norman Rosenthal, New York and London, 2014, p. 129.

_Jeff Koons: La Retrospective: The Album of the Exhibition,_exh. cat., Paris, Centre Pompidou, 2014, p. 20.

Collection of Jeff Koons, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1993

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