Monkey Train (Blue), 2007

by Jeff Koons

Print : Screen Print

83.5 x 66.4 x 2 cm 32.9 x 26.1 x 0.8 inch

£32,132

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Numbered and limited to 40 copies

1 copy available

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Hand-signed by artist

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Medium

Print: Screen Print

Dimensions cm inch

83.5 x 66.4 x 2 cm 32.9 x 26.1 x 0.8 inch Height x Width x Depth

Framing

White frame

Artwork dimensions including frame

88.58 x 71.48 x 2.54 cm 34.9 x 28.1 x 1 inch


Artwork sold in perfect condition

Artwork location: United States

Artist:  Jeff Koons
Title: Monkey Train (Blue)
Size: 32 7/8 × 26 1/8 in | 83.5 × 66.4 cm
Medium: Silkscreen with archival pigmented inkjet on Somerset 
Edition:  of 40
Year:  2007
Notes: Hand Signed and Numbered. Excellent Condition. Gallery COA Included. Custom Framed to Fit in White with a Spacer
About: In 2007, the renowned American Pop Artist Jeff Koons unveiled a series of 40 striking silkscreen prints titled "Monkey Train." Central to this collection is a captivating photograph featuring one of Koons' iconic balloon-like sculptures, portraying a playful monkey. Despite its deceptive appearance of soft, pliable texture akin to a mylar balloon from a carnival, the underlying sculptural piece is crafted from rigid, metallic materials.

This subtle contrast underscores Koons' adept manipulation of mediums. Delving deeper into the imagery, amidst the cartoonish monkey's grin, lie depictions of steam trains—an emblem of American frontier spirit and a precursor to the consumerist ethos of the 20th century. This symbolic nod harks back to Koons' earlier work, notably his 1986 series "Luxury And Degradation" and the three-dimensional sculpture "Jim Beam – J.B. Turner Train."

Koons often champions metal, particularly steel, as a 'proletarian' material, bridging a connection to the working class. Koons imbues his artworks with a sense of emancipation, believing them to possess a transcendental energy capable of empowering viewers to reach for their aspirations. However, interpretations of his philosophy vary widely. Some critique it as a ploy, while others see it as a nuanced commentary on art's potential to catalyze tangible change in the world. Koons' oeuvre remains a subject of debate, embodying layers of meaning and inviting viewers to engage with its complexities.

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Jeff Koons, Monkey Train (Blue)

Jeff Koons

United States  • 1955

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Undisputed master of art, Jeff Koons is neither more nor less than the most expensive living artist in the world. Born in 1955 in York, the United States he is famous for its giant sculptures and paintings but specially for his talent for provocation.

He studied at the School of Fine Arts of Baltimore, but he started a career in finance as a stockbroker in Wall Street. Jeff Koons managed to combine his talent as trader and his passion for art by becoming himself the best investment of the twentieth century.

Jeff Koons was particularly marked by the ideology and aesthetics of the American Pop Art of the 80s. Consumer objects and everyday utensils will gain value in his hands. He gives the "ready made" the status of work of art, starting with vacuum cleaners or basketballs.

Particularly fond of Kitsch, Jeff Koons will exploit to the utmost this field and conquer collectors all around the world. He uses the icons of American pop culture to add them to this aesthetic. Michael Jackson frozen in a white and gold porcelain, Popeye rutile like a balloon in stainless steel and an inflatable Hulk full of anger.

Jeff Koons' notoriety and work took a turning point in 1991 when the artist got married to the pornographic actress Ilona Staller Anna, also known as Cicciolina. Together they made the sulphurous creation "Made In Heaven", in which the couple play erotic games and more. This was an absolute media success which enhanced the reputation of Jeff Koons.

His works are now made by craftsmen in a studio in Chelsea, near New York, under his leadership, a process which in turn speak of the artist. In addition to being the favorite one of billionaires, Jeff Koons is also exposed worldwide. He will be remembered especially for his royal entrance to the Palace of Versailles in 2008 accompanied of his Balloon Dogs and his Inflatable Rabbit, not to mention his retrospective exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in 2014.

His work Rabbit was auctioned in 2019 by the Christie's auction house in New York and was sold for 91 million dollars. This historic sale made of this sculpture the most expensive piece created by a living artist.


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