Jeff Koons, ‘Play doh plate’, 2012, EHC Fine Art: Essential Editions IV

This beautiful limited edition plate by Jeff Koons features the image of his seminal work "Play Doh", a work that took him two decades to complete. Play-Doh is one of the largest and most complex works in Koons’ Celebration series, a group begun in the mid-1990s, which includes such contemporary icons as Balloon Dog, Hanging Heart and Tulips. In these pieces Koons pushed fabrication techniques to new heights; today, the series has become almost mythic. The plate comes with its original box and has a hanging disc attached to the back.
--Courtesy of EHC Fine Art

Signature: Signed in plate

Publisher: Bernardaud

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