|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Sunday, July 31, 2016
|Christie's Announces Sale of Jeff Koons' Ballon Flower at Post War and Contemporary Art Sale|
Jeff Koons, Balloon Flower (Magenta), 1995-1999 high chromium stainless steel, mirrored polish finish with transparent color coating 114 x 132 x 108 in. (289.6 x 335.3 x 274.3 cm.) Executed in 1995-99. Photo: © Christie's Images Limited.
LONDON.- Christie's has announced that it will offer Jeff Koon's Ballon Flower (Magenta) at its Post War and Contemporary Art acution on June 30 in London. The sculpture is estimated in the region of £12 million. This work is one of five unique versions: Magenta, Blue, Orange, Yellow, Red and was executed between 1995 and 1999.
The sculpture comes from the Howard and Cindy Rachofskys collection of modern and contemporary art in Dallas. "It's the most difficult decision I've ever made about a work of art," says Mr. Rachofsky to the Dallas Morning News, who purchased it in 1998 and installed it in the center of the pond on the north end of his Preston Hollow estate. "We came to terms with the idea that to be able to effectively develop the collection in our areas of primary interest American minimalism, Italian postwar art and German painting we would let this piece go. It presents opportunities to advance the collection in ways we would not otherwise have been able to achieve."
The motifs for the series of large-format sculptures and paintings called "Celebration" seem, like "Balloon Flowers", to have been taken from children's books or fairy-tales, or even from a gift catalogue. They are familiar, at least, there is nothing that is completely strange. But no matter how spontaneous and amusing the recognition experience might be, whether the object comes from the world of things or the world of the imagination, it is not something we have seen before.
On the contrary, it confronts us as an image in the image and as a sculpture in the space. The Balloon Flower consists of seven elements: six large blossom- or balloon-like shapes of various sizes, and one bar that can be taken as a flower stem. They are all aglow in the radiance of a triumphant blue, so that they can see themselves and the world around them reflected. That is the truly appealing thing about the Balloon Flower: it attracts people to look at it, and then reflects them back at themselves.
The Balloon Flower was always intended for a public place. The public has become part of Jeff Koons' work - as a medium. A new generation of artists emerged in about 1980. They proceeded, strategically and unhesitatingly, to celebrate mundaneness and mass media production as propagated two decades before by Pop Art.
This generation, which as well as Koons included artists like Richard Prince, Sherrie Levine, Louise Lawler and Haim Steinbach, went even further than their predecessors. They produced a cynical mixture of kitsch and aesthetics, seduction strategies and ambush tactics - an aggressive and uncompromising exploitation of the language of Pop and its marketing.
Jeff Koons amazed the art world at his first one-man show in the New York New Museum of Contemporary Art in 1980 by showing three self-contained work groups that seemed like the product range from a newly established trading chain: "Inflatables", "The Pre-New" and "The New". The first group consists of inflatable rubber flowers and toys, placed on mirror plinths that infinitely multiply the blown-up emptiness of the objects.
In "The Pre-New", Koons presents everyday objects mounted on plastic fluorescent tubes. And in "The New", he takes up Marcel Duchamp's ready-mades from the early years of the century by showing brand-new cleaning appliances in sterile illuminated showcases. "I think", says Koons, "that ordinariness is the very thing that can save us today. Ordinariness is one of the most important resources we have at our disposal. It is a great seducer, as it works on our feelings subliminally. That is the degrading thing - because we are not threatened by it."
May 24, 2008
Gallery That Houses Guernica at the Reina Sofia in Madrid to Get Complete Overhaul
Woking's Lightbox Gallery and Museum Wins 100,000 Arts Prize
Splendor in the Bass: The Portraits on View at The Bass Museum
Nothing is Lost, Nothing is Created, Everything is Transformed: The Quebec Triennial
Christie's Announces Sale of Jeff Koons' Ballon Flower at Post War and Contemporary Art Sale
Latin American Art From the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art at NY State Museum
Cornell Capa, Founder of International Center of Photography, Died at 90
The West - East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection Realises GBP2,906,275
Asia Society Presents Drawings by Iranian Satirist Ardeshir Mohassess in First US Retrospective
Landscapes: Real and Imagined Opens at The Nelson Atkins-Museum in Kansas City
Tate St. Ives is First Public Gallery to Present Selected Survey of Adam Chodzko
Burial of Patrick Ireland at the Irish Museum of Modern Art
Hello! Fashion: Kansai Yamamoto, 1971 to 1973 at The Philadelphia Museum of Art
Mayor Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz to Celebrate Brooklyn Bridge 125th Anniversary
Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape Opens at MASS MoCA
The Spirit is Quilling: Rolled-Paper Filigree at Brandywine River Museum
Calling a Bluff: Hendrick Ter Brugghen's The Gamblers at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Western Australian Museum-led study discovers two new species of extinct kangaroos
2.- Mexican archeologists find canal under Maya pyramid: Gateway to afterlife?
3.- Drouot announces sale exclusively dedicated to Chanel jewellery
4.- Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet paintings seized in Malaysia graft probe
5.- First major U.S. exhibition of the "School of London" artists opens at the Getty
6.- Cambridge University: Parasites hitch ride down Silk Road
7.- World's largest collection of paper peepshows allocated to V&A
8.- "O'Keeffe, New York, and Modernism" at the Portland Museum of Art
9.- First museum exhibition devoted to the portraits of William Eggleston opens
10.- Rescued violins bring back Holocaust 'escape' tales
Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York
Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures
Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year
China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction
Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere
Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport
Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff
Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold
Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu dArt Contemporani de Barcelona Award
The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.