Jeff Koons 2002
Balloon Dog (Blue)

Porcelain with metallic glaze
10 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. (26 x 26 cm)
Numbered on the underside, edition of 2300.

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This whimsical Balloon Dog, which is cast porcelain coated with a blue reflective finish attached to a porcelain plate, is a multiple after the artist’s large-scale original, installed at Versailles. The work, part of the artist’s Celebration series, created an uproar of delight (and horror among the old guard) in France. Jeffrey “Jeff” Koons lives and works in New York City. Widely recognized for his reproductions of mundane objects, most notably, large-scale balloon animals in stainless steel, his work explores issues that span sex, desire, race, gender, celebrity, media, commerce, and fame. Koons studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Maryland Institute College of Art. Presently, his “Balloon Dog (Orange)” holds the record for the most expensive artwork ever sold by an artist, which went for an unprecedented $58.4 Million at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in 2013.

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