Jeff Koons, ‘Moustache’, Christie's

Signature: Moustache

Oslo, Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, September-December 2004; Helsinki Art Museum in Tennis Palace, Jeff Koons Retrospective, January-April 2005, pp. 118-119 (another example exhibited and illustrated).

Athens, Fondation DESTE, Monument to Now: the Dakis Joannou Collection, June 2004-March 2005, p. 25 (another example exhibited and illustrated).

London, Serpentine Gallery, Jeff Koons: Popeye Series, July-September 2009 (illustrated).

Paris, Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Jeff Koons - Popeye Sculpture, September-November 2010, pp. 26-27 (illustrated).

Atlanta, High Museum of Art, Moustache by Jeff Koons, September 2010-May 2011 (another example exhibited).

Exh. cat., Athens, DESTE Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Monument to Now, June-December 2004, p. 25, (another example illustrated).

H. W. Holzwarth, Jeff Koons, Cologne, 2009, pp. 514-515 (another example illustrated).

A. C. Danto, D. von Hanbtelmann, H. U. Obrist, J. Peyton-Jones, F. Tuten, Jeff Koons - Popeye Series, London, 2009, pp. 24-25 (another example illustrated).

J. Jones, "Not just the king of kitsch," The Guardian, London, 30 June 2009, pp. 8-9 (another example illustrated).

H. Gasprad , “I Am What I Am,” alt., Winter 2010, pp. 86-87 (another example illustrated).

S. Rothkopf, Jeff Koons : a retrospective, Paris, 2014, p. 188, no. 2 (another example illustrated).

Sonnabend Gallery, New York

Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris

Private collection

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