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Jeff Koons (American, b.1955)
LOT ID: 77189
Flowers and Sun (original drawing), 2011

Marker, on board
13 х 23.5 in. (33.02 x 59.69 cm.)
Signed, and dated 7/19/11 (recto, lower right)
Print/Casting Year 2011
Edition Unique
Lot description
This signed work is one of the more intricate original Jeff Koons drawings. Created with black marker on board, it is bound within the lavish hardback monograph "Versailles," published on the occasion of the artist's 2008 blockbuster retrospective at the Palace of Versailles-- the first time that the chateau built by Louis XIV had organized so ambitious a retrospective dedicated to one contemporary artist. The hardback monograph that holds this drawing is itself a collectors' item, filled with lavish full-page color illustrations.

Jeff Koons is among the most popular artists to have emerged in the past 20 years, spawning a new generation of Neo-Dada artists, such as Damien Hirst. Like Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol, Koons is concerned with the transformation of everyday objects into art. His work merges high culture and kitsch into banal works of balloon animals, topiary terriers, and pop icons. Koons insists that there are no hidden meanings in his art, feeling it causes too much critical contemplation. Instead, he wishes his work to be perceived for its initial reaction instilled within the viewer. Over the course of his career, Koons has received numerous awards including the John Singleton Copley Award (2010), the Wollaston Award from the Royal Academy of London (2008), and the Artistic Achievement Award from Americans for the Arts (2006), among others. Koons has already been awarded several museum retrospectives.

Versailles, Koons first retrospective in France, featured 17 monumental works by the artist, and the monograph that holds this drawing is filled with lavish full-page color illustrations of this groundbreaking show.
Flowers and Sun (original drawing) by Jeff Koons
  • Flowers and Sun (original drawing) by Jeff Koons
  • Flowers and Sun (original drawing) by Jeff Koons
  • Flowers and Sun (original drawing) by Jeff Koons
  • Flowers and Sun (original drawing) by Jeff Koons
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