Jeff Koons, ‘Train’, 1995, Caviar20

Caviar20 is excited to offer "Train" - a signed and numbered print based on one of the artist's early ambitious sculptures "Jim Bean - J.B. Turner Train".

The work debuted in 1986 as part of Koon's legendary second exhibition "Luxury and Degredation".

Like the best of Koons' work there was a fascinating intersection between kitsch and relic, between glamour and banality.

The actual sculpture measured over 9 feet wide and was inspired by an actual Jim Beam decanter of a train. Koons created the sculpture in cast steel which was fitting considering the symbolism of American industry and development which so depended on steel.

"Train" was the largest work in the exhibition and would foreshadow his ambitions in steel. Within a few years Koons would create larger and more elaborate sculptures in steel including his famous "Rabbit" and the balloons of the "Celebration" series.

Over the course of his career Koons has created a very small number of prints or multiples. This affordable work by one of the most valuable artists of our day, is a celebration of one of his best early works.

This is one of the very few Koons multiples available on the market...priced below $10,000.

Signature: Signed, numbered and dated "Koons '95"

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