Jeff Koons, ‘Snorkel Vest’, Christie's

Jeff Koons (b. 1955)

Snorkel Vest


21 x 18 x 6 in. (53.3 x 45.7 x 15.2 cm.)

Executed in 1985. This work is number two from an edition of three plus one artist's proof and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

Signature: Snorkel Vest

New York, International With Monument Gallery, Equilibrium, 1985 (another example exhibited).

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Jeff Koons: Retrospective, December 1992-February 1993 (another example exhibited).

Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum; Denmark, Aarhus Kunstmuseum and Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Jeff Koons Retrospektiv, November-April 1993 (another example exhibited).

Athens School of Fine Art; Copenhagen, Museum of Modern Art and New York, Guggenheim Museum SoHo, Everything That's Interesting is New: The Dakis Joannou Collection, January - April 1996 (Athens), (another example exhibited).

Paris, Jeff Koons. Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, September-November 1997 (another example exhibited).

Athens, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jeff Koons: A Millennium Celebration, December 1999-May 2000, p. 43 and 46 (another example exhibited and illustrated in color).

Athens, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Monument to Now, June 2004-March 2005, p. 207 (another example exhibited and illustrated in color).

Athens, DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, A Guest + A Host = A Ghost, May-December 2009 (another example exhibited).

Frankfurt, Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, Jeff Koons: The Sculptor, June-September 2012 (another example exhibited).

Art and Its Double: A New York Perspective, Fundacion Caja De Pensiones, exh. cat., 1987, p. 68 (another example illustrated).

A. Muthesius, ed., Jeff Koons, Cologne, 1992, p. 66 ( another example illustrated in color).

H. W. Holzwarth, ed., Jeff Koons, Cologne, 2008, p. 48 (installation view), p. 151 (another example illustrated in color).

S. Rothkopf, Jeff Koons: Retrospective, New York, 2014, p. 80 (another example illustrated).

The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, acquired directly from the artist

By descent from the above to the present owner

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