Jeff Koons, the name that is equally praised and despised in today’s art world. Whatever he does Koons sparks the debates and there are always controversies of some kind regarding his artistry. However, there is a body of work that is even today perceived as the most controversial, shocking and provocative in the artist’s whole career and it is his Made in Heaven series, first exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1990. The explicit pornographic imagery of the series brings a modern tale of Adam and Eve with Jeff Koons and his future bride Ilona Staller, better known as the soft-porn star La Cicciolina, in the main roles. Made in Heaven series didn’t just blur the line between art and porn but they completely erased it, showing that porn is art undisputedly, if it’s made by one of the world’s most famous contemporary artist. Although some critics suggested that this particular series would be Jeff Koons’s downfall, Koons proved them all wrong, and he was “reborn in porn” to become the world’s most expensive living artist. [ excerpt from widewalls.ch ]
The Jeff Koons piece on the right, entitled Blow Job-Ice, circa 1991, was sold at Sotheby’s New York in 2005 for $350,000 below the low estimate of $400,000. [Google the whole series 🙈🙊] Jeff Koons, Balloon Dog (Orange), 1994–2000, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, sold at Christie’s New York in 2013 for $58.4 million.