View full screen - View 1 of Lot 21. JEFF KOONS | SNORKEL (GENERIC), 1985.





b. 1955



36.8 by 12.7 by 3.2 cm. 14½ by 5 by 1¾ in.

Executed in 1985, this work is number 1 from an edition of 3 plus 1 artist’s proof

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This work is in very good condition. Close inspection reveals some faint and unobtrusive rub marks on the top and bottom of the sculpture that are consistent with the artist's choice of medium.

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Feature, New York

Susan and Lewis Manilow, Chicago

Van de Weghe, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner

Robert Rosenblum, The Jeff Koons Handbook, London 1992, p. 154, illustrated

Angelika Muthesius, Jeff Koons, Barcelona 1992, p. 166 (text)

Ingrid Sischy and Katy Siegel. Jeff Koons, Barcelona 2009, p.171, illustrated in colour (edition no. unknown)

Exh. Cat., New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, 2014, p. 72, (text)

Chicago, Renaissance Society, New Sculpture: Gober, Koons and Steinbach, May - June 1986

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, Jeff Koons, December 1992 - October 1993

“Koons manipulates objects into metaphorical embodiments of society’s dysfunctions. This poetics of objects recalls Jasper Johns’ cast-bronze beer cans, in which an ordinary object becomes endowed with a surplus of meaning, and the surrealist tactic of juxtaposing unexpected elements, as in Meret Oppenheim’s fur-covered teacup”

Daniela Salvioni, ‘Jeff Koons’s Poetics of Class’, in: Exh. Cat., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Jeff Koons, 1992, p. 20