The ultra famous and hugely controversial American artist Jeff Koons who was born in the small town of York Pensilvania on the 21st January 1955. works in many media.
Jeff Koons is the artist who blended the concerns and methods of Pop, Conceptual, and appropriation art with craft-making and popular culture to create his own unique iconography, often controversial and always engaging.
His works have sold for substantial sums, including at least one world record auction price for a work by a living artist.
On November 12, 2013, Koons’s Balloon Dog (Orange) sold at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York City for US$58.4 million, above its high US$55 million estimate, becoming the most expensive work by a living artist sold at auction.
Balloon Dogs – there are five of them. They measure 307.3 × 363.2 × 114.3 cm. It is made from precision engineered, mirror-polished stainless steel and finished with a translucent coating of either blue, magenta, orange, red, or yellow.
The stainless steel orange sculpture with transparent color coating is one of the first balloon dogs, which look like the kind of souvenir clowns make at birthday parties.
Other pups have been on display around the world in red, green, and blue — not to mention a shiny pink one made it to Versailles in 2008.
Koons said, “I’ve always enjoyed balloon animals because they’re like us. We’re balloons. You take a breath and you inhale, it’s an optimism. You exhale, and it’s kind of a symbol of death.”
During the early 80’s Koons was heading for a career in the financial sector, actually becoming a commodity trader.
In the 90’s Koons fabricated a series of sculptures in highly polished, coloured stainless steel that represented everyday objects. Objects you would find at a kids party or lying around the house.
,,I made a balloon dog exactly like the one below for my son’s 3rd birthday party. It was a fantastic day .“
Koon’s BallonDog looks like you could pop it with a pin.
You can feel the air pushing at the steels inner surface, trying to get out. It looks like you can squeeze it.
Koons’ work is fun and interesting. I can relate well to the manufacturing process as Koons employs a more or less factory style of production. He employs skilled metal workers and other artists to produce his pieces.
Mr Koons’ coloured stainless steel pieces were made by art fabricator Carlson & Co., which unfortunately closed its doors for the last time in April 2010. The company, based in San Fernando, California, was founded in 1971 by Peter M. Carlson. They were famous for working directly with the artist involved in the project and the work was of the very highest quality.
Carlson & Co became one of the best-known manufactures for artists seeking to produce complicated, large-scale and super expensive works of art in stainless steel or other materials, Carlson later reopened in November 2010 after finding a new partner, trading under the name Carlson Arts LLC.
Balloon Dog by Jeff Koons, was auctioned in November 2013 in New York for $58.4 million euros. The work, which corresponds to the form of two knotted balloons, has catapulted Koons to the peak of the most expensive living artists.
The total of 5 different coloured dogs in orange, blue, magenta, yellow and red were seen in the following cities: The magenta version is found at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, it looks over the Grand Canal. This Balloon Dog belongs to François Pinault.
Billionaire Eli Broad is the proud owner of the blue version of expressive art. This dog can be seen, for example, in The Broad, a museum of contemporary art in Los Angeles.
The red dog is owned by a Greek industrialist: Dakis Joannou.
The yellow one is the property of SAC Capital hedge fund magnate Steven A. Cohen, who not only possesses this art copy, but many more. Only one still remains missing:
The orange male dog hasn’t appeared anywhere in the public yet.
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