Jeff Koons, ‘Play Doh Plate’, 2014, Alpha 137: Prints and Exhibition Ephemera

This screen-printed porcelain plate features an image of Jeff Koons's massive sculpture Play Doh, which took 20 years (1994 – 2014) to complete. Koons's works challenge the conventional distinction between art and kitsch. Koons draws his inspiration from the world of advertising and commercial art, but also from daily life, childhood and art history. Innocence, beauty, sexuality and happiness are all themes of his art. The plate was made in collaboration with renowned porcelain manufacturer Bernardaud, which has crafted fine Limoges porcelain since 1863. Dishwasher safe. Limited Edition 2500. Brand new in original elegant Bernadaut packaging box.--Courtesy of Alpha 137 Gallery

Signature: Plate signature.

Manufacturer: Bernardaut, Limoges, France

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