I really dig this Jeff Koons Balloon Dog sculpture. It’s weird because I used to think it was really weird. It’s a part of his Celebration series. He’s actually got 5 of these in different colors, (Blue, Magenta, Orange, Red, and Yellow).
I like it now. I love the colors and there’s just something about them that make me smile. I was curious what the inspiration for it was. Koons has always vehemently maintained that there are no hidden meanings in his work. Despite this, in an interview, Koons once described his balloon dog sculptures as a ‘symbol of us’. He claimed that the way the balloon dog references the act of inhaling and exhaling is deeply symbolic of the human condition. He also compared inflatable animals to the Trojan horse – perceived as empty and yet full of symbolism. It “has this interior energy…it’s having a dialogue with interior life and exterior life.
It is actually sold for $58.4 million. It is currently the most expensive art work by a living artist ever to sell at auction.
He lives and works in York, Pennsylvania and NYC.
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