Would you pay $58m for this shiny dog?
Jeff Koons - Balloon Dog (Orange), executed in 1994-2000

Jeff Koons - Balloon Dog (Orange), executed in 1994-2000
Jeff KoonsBalloon Dog (Orange), executed in 1994-2000, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307 x 363 x 114cm, one of five unique versions (Blue, Magenta, Orange, Red, Yellow)
Sold at Christie’s in 2013 for US$ 58,405,000

The Balloon Dog by Jeff Koons is a work of art that is about celebration for different purposes and times; A simple artwork which in its elegance would evoke a cheery scream from children if showcased at a children’s party. The Balloon Dog sculpture is made from very simple materials – stainless steel and covered with different colours: blue, magenta, orange, red and yellow. There was nothing left out of the creation even though it stands ten feet and weighs a ton. The artwork looks like a balloon twisted to shape to form a dog.

The Balloon Dog was a part of Jeff Koon’s well-known Celebration series from the early 1990s. It has been exhibited all around the world and these sculptures have been sold at huge amounts of money at different auctions. Koons said he only wanted to create a piece that showed the joys of having a celebration when he created the sculpture. As much as his own ideals were different, his work, the Balloon Dog has gone on to make him the creator of the most expensive artwork sold at auction by a living artist. Each edition of the series has sold for a different price at different times but the one that sold at the highest amount of money remains the Balloon Dog (Orange) which sold for $58,405,000 in November 2013, the highest ever paid for a piece of art by a living artist at auction anywhere in the world.

The Balloon Dog (Orange) has a very beautiful colour on a giant swollen body that has a reflective surface. This sculpture depicts weightlessness despite its huge size and heavy weight of one ton. The balloon form was made while paying utmost attention to precise details. There is a knot which serves as the nose, the twists and crimps that show the limbs are well placed and the dog’s tail which is erect and yet looks like rubber. The artist is known for making use of exact standards in his work and the Balloon Dog (Orange) is not an exception. This faultless and flawless creation is admired and loved by the audience. As much work was put into this work of art, the result is an extraordinarily beautiful sculpture which is pleasing to the eyes and makes it an enjoyable sight to behold.

Jeff Koons - Balloon Dog (Orange), 1994-2000 mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, Christie’s, NYC
Jeff KoonsBalloon Dog (Orange), executed in 1994-2000, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307 x 363 x 114cm, one of five unique versions (Blue, Magenta, Orange, Red, Yellow), Christie’s, NYC, USA
Sold at Christie’s in 2013 for US$ 58,405,000

Jeff Koons - Balloon Dog (Orange), 1994-2000 mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, Connecticut
Jeff KoonsBalloon Dog (Orange), executed in 1994-2000, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307 x 363 x 114cm, one of five unique versions (Blue, Magenta, Orange, Red, Yellow), The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Jeff Koons - Balloon Dog (Magenta), 1994-2000 mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307.3 x 363.2 x 114.3 cm
Jeff KoonsBalloon Dog (Magenta), executed in 1994-2000, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307 x 363 x 114cm, one of five unique versions (Blue, Magenta, Orange, Red, Yellow)

Jeff Koons - Balloon Dog (Magenta), 1994-2000 mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307.3 x 363.2 x 114.3 cm, Versailles, 2008
Jeff KoonsBalloon Dog (Magenta), executed in 1994-2000, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307 x 363 x 114cm, one of five unique versions (Blue, Magenta, Orange, Red, Yellow), Château de Versailles, France, 2008

Jeff Koons - Balloon Dog (Magenta), 1994-2000 mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, Venice, Italy 1
Jeff KoonsBalloon Dog (Magenta), executed in 1994-2000, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307 x 363 x 114cm, one of five unique versions (Blue, Magenta, Orange, Red, Yellow), Francois Pinault Collection, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy

Jeff Koons - Balloon Dog (Magenta), 1994-2000 mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, Venice, Italy 2
Jeff KoonsBalloon Dog (Magenta), executed in 1994-2000, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307 x 363 x 114cm, one of five unique versions (Blue, Magenta, Orange, Red, Yellow), Francois Pinault Collection, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy

Jeff Koons - Balloon Dog (Yellow), 1994-2000 mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307.3 x 363.2 x 114.3 cm
Jeff KoonsBalloon Dog (Yellow), executed in 1994-2000, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307 x 363 x 114cm, one of five unique versions (Blue, Magenta, Orange, Red, Yellow)

Jeff Koons - Yellow Dog on the roof of Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in October 2008
Jeff KoonsBalloon Dog (Yellow), executed in 1994-2000, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307 x 363 x 114cm, one of five unique versions (Blue, Magenta, Orange, Red, Yellow), roof of Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, USA, 2008

Jeff Koons - Balloon Dog (Red), 1994-2000 mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307.3 x 363.2 x 114.3 cm
Jeff KoonsBalloon Dog (Red), executed in 1994-2000, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307 x 363 x 114cm, one of five unique versions (Blue, Magenta, Orange, Red, Yellow)

Jeff Koons - Balloon Dog (Blue), 1994-2000 mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307.3 x 363.2 x 114.3 cm
Jeff KoonsBalloon Dog (Blue), executed in 1994-2000, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307 x 363 x 114cm, one of five unique versions (Blue, Magenta, Orange, Red, Yellow)

Jeff Koons - Balloon Dog (Blue), 1994-2000 mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating
Jeff KoonsBalloon Dog (Blue), executed in 1994-2000, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307 x 363 x 114cm, one of five unique versions (Blue, Magenta, Orange, Red, Yellow)

Jeff Koons - Balloon Dog (Blue), 1994-2000 mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307.3 x 363.2 x 114.3 cm, Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Los Angeles, USA, 2008
Jeff KoonsBalloon Dog (Blue), executed in 1994-2000, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307 x 363 x 114cm, one of five unique versions (Blue, Magenta, Orange, Red, Yellow), Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Los Angeles, USA, 2008

Jeff Koons about the Balloon Dogs (video)

https://vimeo.com/77139145

 

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