Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons elevated kitsch to high art. In 1977, Koons began making sculptures with inflatable flowers and rabbits combining them with plastic, Plexiglas and mirrors. Koons later created Rabbit (1986), a forty-one inch, highly polished, stainless steel version of the earlier inflatable one. Koons received critical recognition for his replicas of commercial products, advertisements, toys, and models that overtly comment on conspicuous consumption. His well-known Puppy (1992), a forty-foot sculpture of a West Highland terrier of soil and living multicoloured flowers, earned him international acclaim. The Serpentine Gallery presented works from the Popeye series, Koons’ first major exhibition in a public gallery in England in 2009.