Catalogue of the 2012 exhibition
Balloon Dog is an iconic work within the higly acclaimed Celebration series, which Jeff Koons began in the mid 1990s. The Celebration artworks reference certain times of year (holidays and birthdays) but also the celebration of the cycle of life. What else could suggest the cheer of children's parties more eloquently than a colorful balloon, twisted into the instantly recognizable form of a dog.
The monumental Balloon Dog sculpture were made from precision engineered mirror polished stainless steel and finished with a transparent coating of either blue, magenta, orange, red or yellow. Despite it being ten feet tall and weighing a ton, no detail was spared in the rendering of the Balloon Dog's form.
The artist's exacting standards are one of the most captivating aspects of Koon's art as captured in the porcelain Balloon Dog, which simulates the mirror-polished stainless steel of the monumental sculpture with its metallic finish and then attached to a reflective porcelain plate.
|Numbered, Signed in the glaze