Jeff Koons’ Dog Day
Art & Design
Jeff Koons may be forgiven for feeling like the Rodney Dangerfield of the contemporary art world—critical respect still eludes him—but he can take plenty of solace in his stature amongst collectors. This week, Koons became the auction world’s most celebrated living artist when Balloon Dog (Orange), a mammoth polished stainless steel sculpture created in the 1990s—and now a bona fide pop cultural icon—sold for a staggering $58.4 million at Christie’s New York.
One in a suite of 5 dog sculptures fabricated over a 7-year period from 1994-2000, Balloon Dog (Orange) is a signature Koons work, a whimsical technological marvel, which manages to uncannily replicate the weightless luster of Mylar balloons despite leveraging the properties of weighty, high chromium stainless steel. An anonymous (for now, at least) buyer made Balloon Dog (Orange) the most expensive work of art by a living artist ever sold at auction—ensuring that Jeff Koons, once the laughing stock of the art establishment, gets the satisfying last laugh.