An image of Vase of flowers

Jeff Koons

(United States of America 21 Jan 1955 – )

Vase of flowers

Location
Contemporary galleries
Further information

Combining both art-historical and pop-culture references, Jeff Koons’s work plays on the middle-class imagination and the excess of imagery in contemporary society. His works are characterised by gloss, sentimentality and, at times, sexually provocative imagery. Rather than critiquing consumer culture, Koons engages with all that is banal, kitsch and ordinary.

‘Vase of flowers’, from the series ‘Banality’, is a highly decorative composite of art-historical motifs and popular aesthetics. Recalling tourist trinkets such as Venetian glass, the work also invokes the art-historical genre of floral still life painting, itself invoking themes of the decorative in the everyday.

Year
1988
Media
Sculpture
Medium
mirror
Dimensions
184.2 x 134.6 x 2.5 cm
Credit
John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Accession number
L2011.61
Copyright
© Jeff Koons