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Michelangelo Sketch Sells for $24 Million in Paris

May 19th, 2022

A recently unearthed Michelangelo sketch, considered to be the artist’s first nude, has sold  at Christie’s Paris for a record 23 million euros ($24 million). “Michelangelo has decided to make the figure into something that corresponded more to his aesthetic by making him much more robust and monumental, while at the same time keeping the fragility of the figure, who is exposed and shivering” as he awaits baptism,” says Christie’s Old Masters expert Stijn Alsteens.
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Basquiat Work Sells for $85 Million at Phillips $224.9 Million Night

May 19th, 2022

The Jean-Michel Basquiat work from the collection of Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa had a strong return to auction last night at Phillips, where it achieved $85 Million, part of a total sale of  $224.9 million, the highest in the company’s history. 
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Independent Art Fair to Launch New Fair Around 20th Century Work

May 17th, 2022

The Independent Art Fair will launch a new fair in September this year that will focus on 20th Century Works. “Over the years, there has been a shift, with next-generation dealers showing a more diverse group of artists and territories, geographically, socially, politically,” says Independent director Elizabeth Dee. “They are looking forward and looking back, saying, ‘We need to have a canon that looks like our program.’”
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Jeff Koons

b. 1955
Lives and works in:

New York City

Represented by:

Gagosian Gallery

Education includes:

Art Institute of Chicago

Maryland College of Art

Jeff Koons is one of the most well known names in contemporary art. His work, with images extracted from popular and kitsch culture, has been the focus of many museum solo exhibitions, such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Bilbao Guggenheim, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Koons gained recognition in the 1980s when he was associated with the American art movement, Neo-Geo, which aimed at critiquing the commercialization and mechanization of contemporary society. Koons, whose methods of critique come in the form of parody and appropriation, works with an acute awareness of his art-historical precedents, namely Pop Art and the Duchampian Ready-Made. His work explores many contemporary issues regarding sex, class, desire, race, celebrity, media and much more.

Rarely fabricating the work himself, Koons is known for his large-scale sculpture. Playing with the space between kitsch, everyday objects and high art, Koons has created much buzz and controversy surrounding his work. Rabbit (1986), which is a large, polished stainless steel sculpture of an oversized balloon rabbit, is an example of this. In this work and similar works, the viewer is able to see their own reflection in the object itself. Focusing more on ideas than objects, Koons’ work begs (albeit with a certain lightness) the viewer to question contemporary society and its products.

Jeff Koons Met rooftop exhibition April 29- October 26, 2008 [ ArtObserved]
Diamond Blue sale [ArtObserved]
Jeff Koons Plans Floating Train [ArtObserved]