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Jeff Koons (American, b.1955)
LOT ID: 66072
Puppy, 1998

Ceramic
17 х 14 х 8 in. (43.18 x 35.56 x 20.32 cm.)
Inscribed, signature and numbered inscribed on the bottom of the base
Print/Casting Year 1998
Edition 3000
Lot description
Does not come with original box.

In 1992, contemporary artist Jeff Koons was commissioned by three art dealers to create "Puppy," a 43 ft tall topiary sculpture of a West Highland White Terrier puppy. The mongo-sized puppy sculpture was filled with over seventeen thousand flowers. It has traveled from Germany, Australia, Bilbao, to the Rockefeller Center. Then, in 1998, Koons introduced a miniature version of the iconic puppy that doubled as a vase, making the addition of flowers a continued necessity. Koons has said: "The vase is a symbol of love, warmth, and happiness.

Jeff Koons (b.1955) is among the most controversial 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.

Select Public Collections:
Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art (Amsterdam, NL
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