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Title

Vase of flowers

1988


Artist

Jeff Koons

United States of America

21 Jan 1955 -


About

Combining both art-historical and pop-culture references, Jeff Koons’s work plays on the middle-class imagination and the excess of imagery in contemporary society. His works are characterised by gloss, sentimentality and, at times, sexually provocative imagery. Rather than critiquing consumer culture, Koons engages with all that is banal, kitsch and ordinary.

‘Vase of flowers’, from the series ‘Banality’, is a highly decorative composite of art-historical motifs and popular aesthetics. Recalling tourist trinkets such as Venetian glass, the work also invokes the art-historical genre of floral still life painting, itself invoking themes of the decorative in the everyday.


Details


Date

1988


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

mirror


Edition

2/3 [edition of 3 + AP]


Dimensions

184.2 x 134.6 x 2.5 cm


Credit

John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales


Location

Not on display


Accession number

L2011.61


Artist information

Jeff Koons

Works in the collection

5


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 7 publications

Bibliography


Nicholas Baume, From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Sydney, 1995, 63 (illus.), 84.

Sophie Forbat, John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Pop: the old and the new', pg.195-215, Sydney, 2011, 205, 210-211 (colour illus.).

Gagosian Gallery, New York, Jeff Koons / Andy Warhol: Flowers, New York, 2002, 11 (illus.).

Hans Werner Holzwarth (Editor), Jeff Koons, Hong Kong, 2009, 289 (colour illus.).

Anneke Jaspers, Pop to popism, 'Art of the second degree: post pop and popism', pg.235-279, Sydney, 2014, 262, 263 (colour illus.).

Angelika Muthesius (Editor), Jeff Koons, Cologne, 1992, 110 (colour illus.).

Wayne Tunnicliffe, Look, 'Kaldor and contemporary', pg.26-29, Sydney, Apr 2011, 27 (colour illus.).