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Antiquity 1, 2019

Print

Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, foil

40.50 x 32.00 in

102.9 x 81.3 cm

Edition of 20

Signed and dated lower margin. Comes with a certificate of authenticity.

$15,000 - $20,000
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About The Work

eff Koons is widely regarded for his bold paintings and monumental sculptures that hold a mirror up to contemporary culture. Using the photorealistic and commercial aesthetic familiar from an earlier generation of Pop artists, Koons has generated his own universally recognizable style that frequently comprises smooth, highly reflective surfaces and bright saturated colors.

Koons’ latest body of prints from his Antiquity series combines images from throughout our visual history, from Praxiteles' sculpture of Aphrodite to a painting by the French modernist Manet, and from a bronze sculpture of a satyr to Koons’ own iconic image of Gretchen Mol dressed as the pinup Betty Paige.

The unifying image across each work is the top layer of collage, an image drawn by Koons, rendered in copper foil stamp. Recalling the artist’s fondness for visual double entendres, the image is one part childlike drawing of a sailboat passing between two cliffs, one part Courbet’s voyeuristic painting L’Origine De Monde. In fact, much like L’Origine De Monde, all the collaged images featured in this series can be seen to celebrate libido, fertility and feminine beauty. In combining such wide-spanning imagery, Koons reminds the viewer of the constant existence of human desire and insists on the equality of all art forms from all periods and genres, opening the door for a new narrative of art history.

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About Jeff Koons

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