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JEFF KOONS (b. 1955)

 
JEFF KOONS - Smooth Egg with Bow (Magenta/Violet) - mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating - 83 1/2 x 76 5/8 x 62 in. JEFF KOONS - Smooth Egg with Bow (Magenta/Violet) - mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating - 83 1/2 x 76 5/8 x 62 in. JEFF KOONS - Smooth Egg with Bow (Magenta/Violet) - mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating - 83 1/2 x 76 5/8 x 62 in. JEFF KOONS - Smooth Egg with Bow (Magenta/Violet) - mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating - 83 1/2 x 76 5/8 x 62 in. JEFF KOONS - Smooth Egg with Bow (Magenta/Violet) - mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating - 83 1/2 x 76 5/8 x 62 in. JEFF KOONS - Smooth Egg with Bow (Magenta/Violet) - mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating - 83 1/2 x 76 5/8 x 62 in. JEFF KOONS - Smooth Egg with Bow (Magenta/Violet) - mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating - 83 1/2 x 76 5/8 x 62 in. JEFF KOONS - Smooth Egg with Bow (Magenta/Violet) - mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating - 83 1/2 x 76 5/8 x 62 in. JEFF KOONS - Smooth Egg with Bow (Magenta/Violet) - mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating - 83 1/2 x 76 5/8 x 62 in. JEFF KOONS - Smooth Egg with Bow (Magenta/Violet) - mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating - 83 1/2 x 76 5/8 x 62 in.
Smooth Egg with Bow (Magenta/Violet)1994-200983 1/2 x 76 5/8 x 62 in.(212.09 x 194.63 x 157.48 cm) mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating
Provenance
Gagosian Gallery
Private Collection
Christie's New York: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 [Lot 0055B], Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale
Private Collection
Literature
H.W.Holzwarth, Jeff Koons,Cologne, 2008 p.204 (another example illustrated in color).
Hana Bank Membership Magazine, v.114,Summer, 2014,pp.4 and 5 (another example illustrated in color).
N. Wolfe, ed., Tory Burch: In Color, New York, 2014 p.100 (another example illustrated in color).
J. Kim, "A Magician of Creation and Destruction," Art, August 2014 (another
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“Art to me is a humanitarian act and I believe that there is a responsibility that art should somehow be able to effect mankind, to make the word a better place” – Jeff Koons

History

Jeff Koons is the undisputed champion of controversy. For decades, his work and his methods  have been a lightning rod. When iconic Rabbit (1986) sold for a record $91 million on May 15, 2019, the torch and pitchfork crowd came out en masse. Christie’s acknowledged the divisiveness in their pre-sale advertisement titled, “Rabbit by Jeff Koons — a chance to own the controversy,” then, subsequently tagged on an after-sale byline drawing the battlelines: “Vacuous, disposable and deathless. Exuberant, celebratory and perfect.” New York Times art critic Roberta Smith, decidedly less ambivalent, praised Rabbit as “the perfect work of art for its moment…that continues to speak to us.”  Rabbit would provide the springboard to Koons’ international recognition and it is the work that prefigures his most ambitious and beloved series, Celebration; an ambitious collection of over thirty monumental sculptures and paintings that pay tribute to life’s big milestones: birthdays, marriage, parentage. It commenced in 1993, continued for ten years, and nearly bankrupted Koons with cost overruns and sundry delays that included Koons’ uncompromising vision for several sculptures placed on hold until the technology was in place to accomplish the task. Smooth Egg with Bow is a centerpiece of that lauded body of work, the Celebration series.

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    Jeff Koons with Cracked Egg (1994-2006)
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    “Jeff Koons: Celebration”, exhibition at Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin 2008-2009
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    “Tulips” (1995-2004), from the Celebration series, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 80 x 180 x 205 in. The Broad, Los Angeles
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    “Rabbit” (1986) stainless steel, 41 x 19 x 12 in. Sold on 14 May 2019 for $91,075,000 USD
“It’s not about finding relevance or perfection or imperfection in objects, but it’s that you can accept yourself and then go out and accept others” – Jeff Koons

MARKET INSIGHTS

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  • In 2019, Koons’ broke the record for most expensive living artist (previously held by David Hockney), when Rabbit sold for over $91M.
  • Works comparable to Smooth Egg with Bow (Magenta/Violet) from the Celebration series have sold for up to $58M. Cracked Egg (Magenta), a similar subject, scale, and color, sold in 2014 for over $23.4M.
  • The graph prepared by Art Market Research shows that in the past 10 years, sculptures by Koons have increased at a 12.5% annual rate of return.

Top Results at Auction

“Rabbit” (1986), stainless steel, 41 x 19 x 12 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: May 2019 for $91,075,000. At that time, most expensive artwork by a living artist ever sold
“Rabbit” (1986), stainless steel, 41 x 19 x 12 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: May 2019 for $91,075,000. At that time, most expensive artwork by a living artist ever sold
“Ballon Dog” (Orange) (1994-2000), mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating 121 x 143 x 45 in. Sold at Christie’s: Nov 2013 for $58,405,000
“Ballon Dog” (Orange) (1994-2000), mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating 121 x 143 x 45 in. Sold at Christie’s: Nov 2013 for $58,405,000
“Cracked Egg” (Magenta) (in 2 parts), mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 65 x 62.6 x 62.6 in. Sold at Christie’s London: February 2014 for $23,431,780
“Cracked Egg” (Magenta) (in 2 parts), mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 65 x 62.6 x 62.6 in. Sold at Christie’s London: February 2014 for $23,431,780
“Play-Doh” (1994-2014), polychromed aluminum, 124 x 152 ¼ x 137 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: May 2018 for $22,812,500
“Play-Doh” (1994-2014), polychromed aluminum, 124 x 152 ¼ x 137 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: May 2018 for $22,812,500

Comparable Sculptures Sold at Auction

“Cracked Egg” (Magenta) (in 2 parts) (1994-2006), mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 65 x 62.6 x 62.6 in. Sold at Christie’s London: February 2014 for $23,431,780
“Cracked Egg” (Magenta) (in 2 parts) (1994-2006), mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 65 x 62.6 x 62.6 in. Sold at Christie’s London: February 2014 for $23,431,780
  • Same series (Celebration), different edition
  • Same magenta color
  • Sold for over $23.4M six years ago
“Baroque Egg with Bow” (Orange/Magenta) (1994-2008), high¬-chromium stainless steel with transparent color coating, 83.5 x 77.5 x 60 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: Nov 2011 for $6,242,500
“Baroque Egg with Bow” (Orange/Magenta) (1994-2008), high¬-chromium stainless steel with transparent color coating, 83.5 x 77.5 x 60 in. Sold at Christie’s New York: Nov 2011 for $6,242,500
  • Same series (Celebration), shared magenta color
  • Different edition, without the all-over highly reflective finish of the Smooth Eggs
“Baroque Egg with Bow” (Turquoise/Magenta) (1994-2008), high¬-chromium stainless steel with transparent color coating, 83.5 x 77.5 x 60 in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: May 2009 for $5,458,500
“Baroque Egg with Bow” (Turquoise/Magenta) (1994-2008), high¬-chromium stainless steel with transparent color coating, 83.5 x 77.5 x 60 in. Sold at Sotheby’s New York: May 2009 for $5,458,500
  • Same series (Celebration), different edition
  • Shared magenta color
  • Sold for over $5.4M at auction more than 10 years ago, and Koons’ market has grown significantly since then

Sculptures in Museum Collections

"Cracked Egg" (Red) (1994-2006), mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating. The Broad, Los Angeles
“Cracked Egg” (Red) (1994-2006), mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating. The Broad, Los Angeles
"Tulips" (1995-2004), mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating. The Broad, Los Angeles
“Tulips” (1995-2004), mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating. The Broad, Los Angeles
"Tulips" (1995-2004), High chromium stainless steel with transparent color coating. Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa
“Tulips” (1995-2004), High chromium stainless steel with transparent color coating. Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa
"The Baroque Egg with Bow (Orange/Magenta)" (1994-2008), mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating. Installed at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, in 2012
“The Baroque Egg with Bow (Orange/Magenta)” (1994-2008), mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating. Installed at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, in 2012

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