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ARTIST Jeff Koons
PROFILE

Jeff Koons was born in 1955 in York, Pennsylvania. He received his BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and went on to study at the Art Institute of Chicago. While starting his career as an artist, he worked as a commodity broker on Wall Street. Resembling Andy Warhol’s Factory, he hires artists and technical assistants to create his work. Yet unlike Warhol his art often addresses the themes of authorship, race, gender, sex, celebrity and fame. Although eye-catching, his works have created controversy among both critics and viewers; the most notorious of which was “Made in Heaven,” a series of photographs depicting himself and Italian porn star La Cicciolina, who he eventually married, engaged in various sexual acts against a cheap, heaven-like background. While the influence of Dada and appropriation can be found in his art, his references are often banal and decidedly kitsch. His best known works include the “Balloon Dog” series, large scale stainless-metal sculptures of balloon dogs; “Puppy,” a 13 meter high sculpture of flowers in the shape of a West Highland White Terrier puppy and “Michael Jackson and Bubbles,” a porcelain sculpture of the late musician holding his pet monkey in pietà-esque pose. When his sculpture “Balloon Dog (Orange)” sold at auction for $58.4 million, Koons became one of the most expensive living artists in the world. A large-scale retrospective started at Whitney Museum of American Art in June 2014 and is scheduled to travel to museums around the world.* Puppy is not in the retrospective on view at the Whitney.    

SIZE 594 × 700mm
MATERIAL PP coat paper・Color on both sides
JAN CODE 4571499240025
PRICE

1800 JPY+Tax・Comes with a case

Planning, editing and design: Toshiki Yagisawa,Text and translation: Miyagi Futoshi,Design Support: Daichi Aijima

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