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.
2/3 [edition of 3 + AP]
184.2 x 134.6 x 2.5 cm
John Kaldor Family Collection
Not on display
© Jeff Koons
Shown in 2 exhibitions
From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 12 Dec 1995–17 Mar 1996
Pop to popism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Nov 2014–01 Mar 2015
Referenced in 7 publications
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.).
Anneke Jaspers, Pop to popism, 'Art of the second degree: post pop and popism', pg.235-279, Sydney, 2014, 262, 263 (colour illus.).
Wayne Tunnicliffe, Look, 'Kaldor and contemporary', pg.26-29, Sydney, Apr 2011, 27 (colour illus.).
Angelika Muthesius (Editor), Jeff Koons, Cologne, 1992, 110 (colour illus.).
Hans Werner Holzwarth (Editor), Jeff Koons, Hong Kong, 2009, 289 (colour illus.).
Gagosian Gallery, New York, Jeff Koons / Andy Warhol: Flowers, New York, 2002, 11 (illus.).
Nicholas Baume, From Christo and Jeanne-Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Sydney, 1995, 63 (illus.), 84.