Jeff Koons, ‘Puppy Vase’, 1998, Artware Editions

white glazed porcelain vase
17 1/2 x 17 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches
44.5 x 44.5 x 26.7 cm
edition #2807/3,000 + 50 Artist Proofs

object description

This example of Jeff Koon's Puppy vase is brand new and in its original box. Incised signature, date and number to underside: [Koons '98 2807/3000]. Signed with impressed manufacturer's mark to underside: [Art of this Century]. The work was produced at Villari in Italy in 1998 and is authorized by the Artist. In addition to the 3000 numbered works and 50 APs (artist’s proofs) in the edition, there are 30 HCs (hors commerce) and 5 studio proofs, all of which have been produced. There are no prior or other editions, and the Artist has stated that he will not authorize additional casts of the work.

Signature: Incised signature, date and number to underside: [Koons '98 2807/3000]. Signed with impressed manufacturer's mark to underside: [Art of this Century].

Manufacturer: Art of this Century

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