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|Artist: Koons Jeff||Width: 27 cm|
|Support: Mixed||Height: 27 cm|
The work by Jeff Koons Balloon Dog belongs to a limited edition of 2300 pieces. The sculpture, made of porcelain glazed in magenta, comes with a certificate of authenticity and measures 27x27 cm.
Among the most iconic subjects in contemporary art, Balloon Dogs are part of Jeff Koons Celebration series, which includes works created between the 1990s and the early 2000s in stainless steel with special paints. With Celebration, Jeff Koons wants to praise childhood, color and simplicity, remembering the joy of parties and birthdays.
In 2013, a ten-foot-tall, orange Balloon Dog - Jeff Koons most famous sculpture - was auctioned at Christie's for the highest price in history for a living artist. Subsequently, the artist made smaller versions of it, diversifying its colours and its subject. For their creation, Koons collaborated with the porcelain manufacturer Bernandaud, being able to combine materials of excellent quality and innovative processes with craftsmanship of the highest levels.
The series includes balloons in the shape of a rabbit, snake, monkey, Venus and dog. Jeff Koons says he is fascinated by balloon animals because of their resemblance to humans.
"We are balloons. If you take a breath and inhale, it's optimism. You exhale, and it's kind of a symbol of death."
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Jeff Koons - Balloon Dog - Magenta - Limited edition of 2300 - 27x27 cm
|Edition||Limited edition of 2300|
Jeffrey Koons, simply known as Jeff Koons (York - Pennsylvania, 21 January 1955), is an American artist considered an icon of the neo-pop style.
Jeff Koons Artist is known for his works in kitsch style that ironically illustrate the American way of life and its tendency to consumerism.
In the second half of the 70's, he frequented for two years the important Art Institute of Chicago, where he had the opportunity to follow the lessons of the famous teacher and painter Ed Pasche.
In 1977 he moved to New York, where he abandoned the formality of traditional painting, embracing the conceptual tide; in this period, he took inspiration from particular artists such as Martin Kippensberger and Robert Smithson.
During his career, Koons has produced artworks using a vast range of techniques - such as sculpture, painting, installations and photo - and the most varied materials.
The artist is generally defined as heir of Andy Warhol and continuator of the pop art; he is often also associate to Marcel Duchamp, of which Koons reinterprets the technique of the ready-made.
Therefore, his art is indissolubly tied up to the mass culture and the society of consumerism, with which Koons establishes an ambiguous relationship: on one side, mass culture is his principal source of inspiration, while from the other, his works express an explicit criticism with some intelligent irony toward the banality and the superficiality of consumerism.
What strikes of Jeff Koons' art is its contradictions, its ability to express a strong criticism towards the modern society and the American way of life by using the same tools that feed this system: the artist desecrates that society that has made him rich and famous (and continuous to do it).
Today Jeff Koons is considered one of the richest artists in the world and he’s very desired on the contemporary art market.
The value of his works has grown enormously in the last years. "Balloon dog", the famous sculpture from 1990 representing a dog made with the toy balloons in five different colours, has been in fact sold at Christie's auction New York in the 12th November 2013 for 58,4 million dollars.
Until that moment, an artwork of a living artist never reached such a value.
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