National Galleries of Scotland to unveil collection of Jeff Koons' works in Artist Rooms
- The List
- 3 January 2011
The American neo-pop artist's crazy career milestones
As the National Galleries unveils the collection of Jeff Koons’ works in Artist Rooms, we consider some of the American neo-pop artist’s crazy career milestones
1: The Equilibrium Series
The spiritual offspring of his idol Andy Warhol Koons first attracted attention with a series of conceptual works displaying consumer items in glass cases, most notably the ‘Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank’ (1985), which consists of three basketballs floating in a glass tank half-filled with water.
2: Michael Jackson and Bubbles
The culmination of Koons’ mid-late 80s Banality series was three life-sized gold-leaf plated porcelain statues of the King of Pop embracing his pet chimp. In 1991 one of these beauties sold at Sotheby’s New York for $5.6 million.
3: Made in Heaven
This infamous series (pictured) was created during Koons’ short-lived marriage to porn star Cicciolina. The collection of highly coloured paintings, sculptures and photographs depicted the couple in explicit sexual positions, attracting huge controversy. Cicciolina separated from Koons in 1992 and went on to serve as a member of the Italian parliament.
This 43-ft high topiary sculpture of a West Highland White Terrier created from a variety of multicoloured flowers was purchased in 1997 by the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Before its dedication ceremony a trio of ETA activists disguised as gardeners attempted to plant flowerpots filled with explosives near the sculpture but were foiled by Basque police.
5: Easyfun Ethereal
Koons brought pop art into the 21st century with this 2001 series, which drew on the visual language of celebrity culture, advertising and marketing to create seven large-scale collage-like paintings that combined bikinis, deli sandwiches, enormous lips and more.