Jeff Koons and the Most Expensive Rabbit in the World
Few are capable of walking the fine line between kitsch and art as skillfully as Jeff Koons. He is especially known for his sculpture “Rabbit”, which sold for $91M, granting it the distinction of the most expensive work by a living artist. Koons creates art imbued with irony, often inspired by everyday life or the world of advertising. He uses almost every fine art medium and format at his disposal: photography; painting; installations; and sculptures of wood, marble, glass and stainless steel. There is no doubt, that this art superstar’s creative processes are as multifaceted as his artworks.
One of the things that I’m most proud of is making work that lets viewers not feel intimidated by art, but feel that they can emotionally participate in it through their senses and their intellect and be fully engaged.
LUMAS is proud to present Jeff Koons in a series of Master Editions: Rabbit, Swan, and Monkey. These artworks are reminiscent of the Celebrations series that brought Koons enormous success in the 90s. That was when Koons first transformed the balloon animals of our collective childhood into giant sculptures. This was overwhelmingly successful – today everyone is familiar with these balloon animals.
Rabbit, Swan, and Monkey are manufactured at the renowned porcelain producer Bernardaud in France. They are made of a very fine and delicate porcelain. Then, they are covered with the glossy chrome that transforms them into elegant works of art. The interplay between their shininess and lightness is instantly captivating, just like the sensational, oversized sculptures from the 90s.
From a 40 foot “Puppy” made of flowers to a BMW Art Car to a massive geisha for the Vienna Staatsoper to the cover for Lady Gaga’s “Artpop” album, no matter what Jeff Koons presents to the public and media, it is always an incredible success. Recently, his monumental bouquet was unveiled at Paris’s Petit Palais in memory of the 2015 terrorist attacks. As he has done so frequently in the past, he provided a lively debate. Koons is an international, controversial star who knows how to put himself in the spotlight and is always good for a surprise.
Jeff Koons was born in 1955 in York, Pennsylvania. He planned to be an artist from a very early age, studying art and taking weekly painting lessons as a child. Young Koons was allowed to exhibit his work in his father’s shop, resulting in his very first sale at just 11 years old. Today, he is one of the biggest names in contemporary art. His connection to other greats of modern art history are apparent. Koons himself views Marcel Duchamp as the father of contemporary art, Andy Warhol as its son, and himself as its grandchild.