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Limited edition ballon animal sculptures: Artist Jeff Koons and porcelain maker Bernardaud collaboration

Balloon Monkey

American artist Jeff Koons has partnered with French porcelain maker Bernardaud in a new collaboration. Art lovers will recognise three works from Koons’ catalogue—the Balloon Swan, Balloon Rabbit and Balloon Monkey—which have been transformed into a limited edition collection of charming curios.

Each of these three porcelain objects is available in a limited edition of 999 copies (prices on request) in a choice of magenta, red, purple, blue or yellow. They are miniature copies of the Celebrations series which consists of three works reminiscent of balloon animal sculptures seen at funfairs. With their reflective surface, which has become a Jeff Koons hallmark, these large-scale pieces say a lot about the way in which this contemporary artist thinks and works.

Balloon Swan, the statuette in the shape of a swan, is thought to be inspired by one of Koons’ first ceramic sculptures, made when he was only nine years old. The story goes that he took a year to find the right angle for the swan’s neck. It was many years before the swan was transformed into a gigantic piece. The work reminds us of childhood, but also desire and contentment. Jeff Koons has said that Balloon Swan harmonises sexual energy and is both masculine and feminine.

An Easter bunny and a lecherous monkey

Childhood is also a theme of the Balloon Rabbit. It is inspired by inflatable rabbits that people put in their gardens in the spring, around Easter time, in Pennsylvania where Koons grew up. The artist says “I was always very struck by the generosity of the neighbours in doing that, giving pleasure to other people in that way … 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.”

The statuette of the Balloon Monkey is another allegorical figure thought to symbolise pleasure, sexuality and innocence. This can be seen in the phallic form of the animal’s tail. The monkey is a recurring character in Koons’ work, including in “Michael Jackson and Bubbles,” a life-size porcelain sculpture created in 1988 which depicts the late King of Pop and his famous pet.

Jeff Koons has been a major figure in the art world for the past 30 years. Considered to be the heir of Pop Art, he has exhibited his work in prestigious museums around the world. This is not the first time that he has collaborated with Bernardaud.

Founded in 1863 in the French city of Limoges, the renowned porcelain manufacturer Bernardaud regularly collaborates with big names in the art world, such as Marina Abramovic and the Campana brothers.

Louis Vuitton unveils “Masters” collaboration with pop-artist Jeff Koons in Paris

Ever look at a painting and think: That would look great on me? Well now’s your chance. French luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton isn’t stopping at its recent Supreme collaboration. The fashion house dropped its collaboration with esteemed Pop-Artist Jeff Koons at the Louvre museum in Paris recently.

The collection, entitled “Masters”, includes handbags, scarves, laptop cases and other accessories, all featuring prints of famous masterpieces, including Leonardo da Vinci‘s “Mona Lisa”, Vincent van Gogh‘s “Wheat Field with Cypresses”, Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s “Young Girl Playing with her Dog”, Titian’s “Mars, Venus and Cupid”, and “The Tiger Hunt” by Peter Paul Rubens.

The name of the artist is emblazoned across each bag in shiny metal letters, while Koons’ signature and the Louis Vuitton monogram are subtly located in each corner. A dangling leather charm is reminiscent of Koons’ famous “Rabbit” sculpture (1986), while inside each bag is a biography and sketch of the artist whose work adorns the outside, and the name of the museum where the painting can be viewed.

Koons, who is most famous for his huge sculptures of balloon animals cast in metal, often uses reproductions of famous paintings in his work. His 2015 series “Gazing Ball” featured pieces such as Édouard Manet’s “Le déjeuner sur l’Herbe,” Claude Monet‘s “Water Lilies” and Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss,” with shiny blue spheres attached to them to reflect the image of the viewer.

For Louis Vuitton, this is just the latest in a long line of successful collaborations with artists. The brand has previously worked with Yayoi Kusama, Takeshi Murakami and Stephen Sprouse, among others.

The collection will be available from 28 April, 2017, on the Louis Vuitton website and in stores. Forty pieces are available to view as of now at Louis Vuitton. with prices starting at €395 for a rabbit bag charm, and going up to to €3,000 for the larger bags.

Jeff Koons Offers Sculpture Paris Terror Attack Victims

Jeff Koons Sculpture for Paris Terror Attack Victims

American artist Jeff Koons announced he would give Paris a “Bouquet of Tulips” sculpture as an offering of remembrance for the victims of the November 2015 jihadist attacks, city hall said.

The monumental work, which has yet to be built, will be 10 meters (34 feet) high, and be made of bronze, stainless steel and aluminum.

The sculpture will represent a huge hand holding out a multicolored bouquet of tulips, the contemporary artist said at the US embassy in Paris, a statement said.

Once it is completed in 2017, it will be set up in front of the City of Paris Museum of Modern Art and the Palais de Tokyo building.

The sculpture will cost some three million euros ($3.2 million) to make. Financing will come from private donors in the United States and France.

Koons said the sculpture was designed as an offering in memory of the victims and as a symbol of optimism, in an effort to help Paris overcome the tragedy that struck the French capital on November 13 last year.

In a string of coordinated attacks by Islamic State group jihadists that shocked the world, 130 people were killed that day.

Koons, who is known for toying with objects from popular culture, said the hand holding the tulips in his massive sculpture is intended to mimic the State of Liberty grasping its torch.

Paris is home to a several smaller replicas of the Statue of Liberty, including one on the Seine River, within sight of the Eiffel Tower.

“The fact that this great artist has decided to offer to the city of Paris… a monumental artwork is a symbol of generosity and sharing, and shows our capital’s ties with the United States are unbreakable,” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said.

Rodin Sells Big At Sotheby’s, Picasso Falters

Sotheby’s achieved mixed results for their Impressionist and Modern Art auction. While they managed to sell Rodin’s Éternel printemps sculpture for close to twice the estimate, other top-billed lots failed to attract the interest of any buyer. One of these was Fauvist André Derain’s Les Voiles Rouges, which was one of the highest estimated at $15-20 million. The other highly estimated Fauvist work, Maurice de Vlaminck’s Sous-Bois, managed to hit $16.38 million.

Other big names that failed to sell include Picasso, Edvard Munch, Marc Chagall, René Magritte, Egon Schiele, and Paul Gauguin. Monet remained spectacular, with a painting selling at $9.8 million (the estimate was $3-5 million). The total raked in for the auction was $144 million.

On the other hand, contemporary art seemed to be better off, with Christie’s Bound to Fail auction pulling a total of around $78 million for 39 lots, managing to sell all their provocative stock, while their Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale raked in around $318 million. Stars from the former includes Maurizio Cattelan’s infamous Hitler sculpture Him which went for around $17 million (slightly above its estimate), and Jeff Koons’ One Ball Total Equilbrium Tank by Jeff Koons, reaching over $15 million. In the latter sale, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s large Untitled made a big splash, going for around $57 million.

Sotheby’s, as a whole, seems to be going through rough times, with Artnet reporting that the revenues for the auction house fell by almost one-third during the first quarter of 2016. With two more contemporary Art sales coming up for them, perhaps they’ll strike lucky next time.


This story was written in-house, based various reports, including one from the AFP

New York Auction Season Set to Open Strong

It’s an art extravaganza for collectors this season, with 1,500 artworks set up to go under the hammer in a mere five days of auctions kicking off Sunday. The main events are various contemporary and modern art sales going down over at Christie’s and Sotheby’s held in the evening. From the most boundary-breaking contemporary art to the most delicately wrought modern art, these are some of the most interesting offerings up on the sales.

Christie’s – Bound to Fail (8 May)

Viewed from the back, a smallish child-sized figure kneels innocently. Walk to the front, and you’ll discover it’s actually a model of the infamous dictator Hitler. Maurizio Cattelan’s Him characterizes a lot of the works in this 39-piece specially curated sale. Creative vision can sometimes be at the expense of critical acclaim and commercial success, and that’s what the works over here aim to show. The name itself stems from Bruce Nauman’s dedication to the sculptor Henry Moore with his sculpture Henry Moore Bound to Fail, depicting a bound torso.

Other pieces on display includes: Marcel Duchamp’s infamous version of the Mona Lisa featuring a goatee; a crucified cartoon frog by Martin Kippenberger; a single basketball submerged in a tank by Jeff Koons; and David Hammons prints made with his body.

Sotheby’s – Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale (9 May)

A good selection of art takes centerstage at this Sotheby’s sale, with famous names such as Picasso, Magritte, Monet, and Gauguin competing for attention. The stars of this sale will probably be two paintings by French artists Maurice de Vlaminck and Andre Derain.

Both artists were a part of the Fauvist movement from the early 20th century that eschewed the normal colors of impressionism for bold brush strokes and bright colors. Derain’s Les Voiles Rouges (estimated $15-$20 million) depicts boats with red sails over a body of water – though the water has been done up with countless strokes of red as well, complementing the sails. The sky also exists as a meld of several colors. Vlaminck’s Sous-Bois (estimated $12-$18 million) is an exuberantly vibrant depiction of natural scenery, with red, blue, green, and yellow mixing into trees, leaves, and grass. These two paintings have never been auctioned before.

Also for sale is Rodin’s L’Eternel Printemps – an exceptionally rare marble sculpture of embracing lovers, estimated to go at $8 – 12 million.

Christie’s – Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale (10 May)

In this sale, Mark Rothko’s No. 17 (estimated $30- $40 million) and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled (estimated $40 million) stand as the strongest entries. It also features selections from Richard Prince and rarely seen mobiles from Alexander Calder.

The large Basquiat stands 2.30 meters tall and 5 meters wide, depicting a devilish mask in the center flanked on both sides by violent splashes of paint. Uses of mask, skulls, and other funerary art themes are common in the late-Haitian artist’s work. Rothko’s painting is one of the painter’s rare “blue” canvases, and features his trademark combination of minimalist color blocks.

Sotheby’s – Contemporary Art Evening Auction (11 May)

Francis Bacon’s self-portrait, expected to go up for $22-$30 million, is one of the main attractions here, but also included are works from Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, and Basquiat.

Two of Twombly’s paintings are also highly valued, going for possibly more than $40 million dollars and more than $20 million dollars respectively. The first, Untitled (New York City), is a part of his “Tableaux” series. It depicts squiggles on a drab background and shows Twombly’s place at the intersection of Pop Art, Minimalism, and Abstract Expressionism. Another painting from the same series went for a staggering $70.5 million at another Sotheby’s auction last autumn. The second piece, Untitled (Bacchus 1st Version V), is a part of his Bacchus series, and uses a stark blood-red pigment in rigorous strokes to invoke the mythic quality of the namesake god.

Christie’s – Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale (12 May)

The last evening of Christie’s auctions will be dedicated to Modern and Impressionist Art with 52 lots.

The sale is led by many of the standard great names, especially two works by Monet representing the best of his early art, a mousquetaire (depictions of swashbucklers) by Picasso, and a portrait by Modigliani featuring a young girl with a flower.

Oceana Bal Harbour

Oceana Bal Harbour Penthouse With a Slice of Jeff Koons

Oceana Bal Harbour

A Miami penthouse under construction, that comes with a small fractional ownership of two Jeff Koons sculptures, is asking $29.5 million.

A five-bedroom duplex apartment on the top floors of the 28-story building, the penthouse, will measure roughly 19,320 square feet, of which about 9,370 square feet will be interior living space.


Oceana Bal Harbour Miami

Outdoor areas will include a rooftop pool, Jacuzzi tub and entertaining space overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

There will also be 7½ bathrooms, a sauna, exercise area, two dens and a massage room. The building will be completed by the end of 2016.


Jeff Koons Pluto and Proserpina

The apartment is in Oceana Bal Harbour, a 240-unit condo building in the village of Bal Harbour, Florida, north of Miami Beach.

The building has attracted attention for giving all its owners an equal share in Mr. Koons’s large, mirror-polished stainless steel sculptures; the penthouse’s owner would have a 1/240th stake.

Oceana Bal Harbour Penthouse bathroom

Residents will have to wait at least five years and reach an 80% majority decision through the condo association before selling the sculptures.

The developer, art collector Eduardo Costantini, spent $14 million on the sculptures in 2012, before they were completed.

Jeff Koons Ballerina

The first sculpture, “Ballerina,” is currently being created in Germany. The second, “Pluto and Proserpina,” a 11-foot-tall stainless steel work depicting the mythical figures, is on display at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

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Oceana Bal Harbour Pool

H&M's NYC Flagship

Jeff Koons Dresses Up H&M

H&M's NYC Flagship

This summer the Whitney Museum of American Art is celebrating the work of  with a major retrospective.  has signed up as the first ‘fashion retail sponsor’ of the show and will be celebrating the launch of its latest flagship with a collaboration with the American artist.

For its official opening on July 17, the 57,000-square-foot H&M store at 589 Fifth Avenue will be turned into a museum-like fashion experience.

To further fête the collaboration, Koons and H&M have designed a limited edition leather handbag featuring an image of one of the artist’s famous Balloon Dog sculptures.

Ballon Dog bag

The bags will be available in select stores across the United States from July 17, as well as at the Whitney during the show.

“Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” will run until October 19 this year at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The show will also travel to the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao over the 12 months.

Dom Pérignon x Jeff Koons

DomPerignon Jeff Koons

Dom Pérignon has struck a collaboration with contemporary American artist Jeff Koons to help the champagne house launch its Rosé Vintage 2003.

Adapted from his existing life-sized version of “The Balloon Venus,” Koons created smaller replicas of the metallic magenta art pieces to house bottles of the pink bubbly and designed the labels. Bespoke Balloon Venus replicas are made-to-order and will be available for one year.


On September 10, a limited-edition signed gift set will launch and offer two vintages: Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004, and the Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2003.

The Balloon Venus jeff Koons

The 2003 rosé, meanwhile, is being launched with much fanfare and described in sweeping terms for having been the earliest harvest since 1822 and for having survived extreme weather conditions including severe spring frost and an unparalleled heat wave.

The result is a rosé that bursts with the aromas of ripe fruit, figs, and strawberries on the nose, before unfolding into hints of guava, violet and vanilla as the wine breathes and grows, says Dom Pérignon.

Last year, Perrier-Jouet commissioned Japanese artist Makoto Azuma to reinvent the brand’s signature floral motif for its Belle Epoque Florale Edition 2004 —  the first time the motif has been tinkered with since it was first created by Emile Gallé in 1902.

Dom Pérignon also tapped David Lynch to design the bottles for a 2003 vintage champagne, while Japanese duo Erotyka also created an origami-style foldable champagne bucket for Veuve Clicquot.

Dom Perignon Jeff Koons


Wynn acquires $33,6 million Tulips by Jeff Koons

Tulips by Jeff Koons

Wynn Las Vegas unveiled artist Jeff Koons‘ sculpture titled Tulips at the hotel-casino on Thursday. The sculpture was bought at an auction last year for $33,682,500.

The legendary piece is the sculptural culmination of Koons’ Celebration series.  Created in five unique versions, Tulips is one of the largest and most complex sculptures in the series.

The sculpture represents a bouquet of twisted balloon flowers, which have been cast in stainless steel and brought to a high mirror polish and plated in a vivid spectrum of color.

The gleaming surface and vivid color palette of the sculpture reflect both the viewer and itself, resulting in a kaleidoscope of color and near infinite reflections.

The sculpture creates the sensation of weightlessness but is paradoxically heavy, employing more than 3 tons of meticulously sculpted stainless steel.

BMW Art Car by Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons has unveiled his Art Car at the Centre Pompidou in Paris ahead of its participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France on June 12-13, 2010.

On June 1, Koons unveiled and signed his BMW M3 GT2, making him the 17th BMW Art Car artist, following in the footsteps of Warhol, Lichtenstein and Stella.

Three hundred VIP guests watched him unveil the design in the exact same spot that Roy Lichtenstein presented and signed his Art Car back in 1977.
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Jeff Koons paints BMW for Le Mans

Talk about pimping your ride. US pop artist Jeff Koons’ latest work is a BMW M3 GT2 decorated with exploding, multi-colored rays.

Unveiled by Koons in New York on Tuesday, the car will compete this June at the Le Mans 24 Hours road race in France.

The garish work is number 17 in a series dating back to 1975 in which famous contemporary artists, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and David Hockney, have painted BMWs ahead of Le Mans.
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Designer Yacht

Pictured above: Guilty, a 115-foot yacht designed by Jeff Koons and commissioned by Greek billionaire Dakis Joannou, who owns one of the world’s finest collections of contemporary art.

The exterior design was created by international art star Jeff Koons, famous for his basketball in perspex case, three-storey high “Puppy” made of flowers, and the “Made in Heaven” erotic series of photographs with Italian ex-wife and porn-star-member-of-parliament La Cicciolina.

Koons based his design on a WWI camouflage pattern. complemented by architect Ivana Porfiri’s jagged shapes.

Guilty is likely to appear in next month’s Italian Vogue.

World record price for Jeff Koon

Christie’s sold last week Jeff Koon’s Ballon Flower (Magenta) for $25,752,051, a world record price for the artist at auction.

This work is one of five unique versions: Magenta, Blue, Orange, Yellow, Red and was executed between 1995 and 1999.

Balloon Flower (Magenta) 1995-2000 is from a top Dallas art collector who paid less than £600,000 for it seven years ago. It was the first time a work of this scale and quality by Koons were publicly offered in London.

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