His work has gained iconic status in the global art world, and now some of his finest limited edition pieces are available on the Costa del Sol at Vertigo. Located in Marbella Club Hotel, the gallery is the only one selling art from Jeff Koons in Spain at the moment, in collaboration with Bernardaud.They are so popular, in fact, that some limited edition pieces have almost been sold out before arriving at the shop. Born in York (Pennsylvania) in 1955, Koons studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since his first solo exhibition in 1980, Koons’ work has been shown in major galleries and institutions throughout the world, including exhibitions organised by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, which travelled to the Centre Pompidou Paris in 2014 and the Guggenheim Bilbao in 2015. Koons is widely known for his iconic sculptures Rabbit and Balloon Dog, as well as the monumental floral sculpture Puppy (1992), permanently installed at the Guggenheim Bilbao.
Incorporating the vocabulary of his iconic Celebration sculptures, Balloon Monkey, Balloon Rabbit and Balloon Swan marked a new chapter in Jeff Koons’ oeuvre. As his website notes, “Whether it is the seductive reflective surface, the intricate knots, creases or twists, no detail of the work was compromised in rendering these balloon animals in porcelain. Koons, intrigued by Limoges porcelain, partnered with Bernardaud to realise this complex work. For over 150 years, Bernardaud has worked with the most skilled artisans at their workshop in Limoges and most recently created new technologies to achieve the porcelain Balloon Swan (Yellow), Balloon Monkey (Blue) and Balloon Rabbit (Red) by Jeff Koons.”An inflatable elephant was one of the first inflatables Jeff Koons worked with when he first moved to New York as a young artist in the late seventies. Initially chosen by Koons for its visual intensity, Elephant is described as “a mirror-polished stainless steel sculpture with stencils of colours broken down to look like the original inflatable toy and applied in transparent colour”. Elephant comes after the Koon’s Celebration series but also incorporates aspects of the iconic Rabbit from the Statuary series in 1986.The elephant is a common motif in the work of Jeff Koons. From its first appearance as an inflatable toy in his studio, the elephant form re-occurs in various forms in works such as a large-scale stainless steel sculpture within the Celebration series, a brightly coloured Easyfunanimal mirror, and imagery within the painting Elephants, in the Easyfun-Ethereal series. His works have sold for substantial sums, including Balloon Dog (Orange), which reached US$58.4 million at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York City in 2013, becoming the most expensive work by a living artist sold at auction. www.vertigo-marbella.com
Portrait photo: Chris Fanning ©Jeff Koons