(United States of America 1955– )
184.2 x 134.6 x 2.5cm
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.
Wayne Tunnicliffe (New Zealand; Australia) (Editor), John Kaldor Family Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2011, 205, 210-211 (colour illus.).
'Kaldor and contemporary' by Wayne Tunnicliffe, pg.26-29, Look Apr 2011, Apr 2011, 27 (colour illus.).
Hans Werner Holzwarth (Author), Jeff Koons, 2008, 289 (colour illus.).
Gagosian Gallery, New York (United States of America) (Author), Jeff Koons / Andy Warhol: Flowers, 2002, 11 (illus.).
Nicholas Baume (Australia) (Author), Museum of Contemporary Art (Australia, estab. 1989), From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor Art Projects and Collection, 1995, 63 (illus.), 84.
Angelika Muthesius (Editor), Jeff Koons, 1992, 110 (colour illus.).
From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor Art Projects and Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, 12 Dec 1995–17 Mar 1996.