balloon dog (orange)

“Jeff Koons balloons, I just wanna blow up…”

JAY-Z, photographed closing day two of England’s “V Festival” at Hylands Park in Chelmsford by Jim Dyson on August 20. His simplistic stage set-up featured a giant inflatable “Balloon Dog” sculpture by Jeff Koons. “Jeff worked with Jay-Z and his team in creating the 40-foot-tall inflatable ‘Balloon Dog’ piece for Jay-Z’s festival dates,” a representative for Koons told artnet News over the weekend. “Jeff has always been a fan.” It is still unknown whether the piece is a replica or an original.

The stage design’s minimalist aesthetic continues the theme of 4:44, which of course featured only the album title and the phrase “THIS IS HIS 13TH STUDIO ALBUM” on a shade of matte orange creamsicle. Fittingly, orange is the color of the sculpture that cemented Koons’ art world glory: in 2013 his work “Balloon Dog (Orange)” sold for $58.4 million at auction, setting a record for commanding the highest price for work by a living artist.

In the Summer of 2014 Hov and Koons both participated in “The Water Project,” which had them designing artwork to cover a water tank in the New York City skyline. The project aimed to involve the city’s citizens in conversation on public art, and to promote a deeper message about the high quality of New York City’s water and how the city should play a “role as a world leader setting new standards for sustainability.”

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Notable depictions of dogs in art, featuring:

Daido Moriyama, Stray Dog, Misawa, Aomori, 1971, 23 x 34 cm
Francisco Goya, The Half-Submerged Dog, ca. 1819-23,  131 x 79 cm
Michelangelo Pistoletto, Violet Dog, 1968, painted tissue paper on stainless steel, 225 x 115 cm
Lady Clementina Hawarden, Dog balancing on two chairs, ca. 1861, albumen print from wet collodion on glass negative, 9.7 x 7.5cm
William Merritt Chase, Alice Dieudonnee Chase with Russian Wolfhound, ca. 1903, oil on canvas, 156 x 131 cm
Nam June Paik, Watchdog II, 1997, televisions, electronics, 2-channel video, aluminum, 138 x 156 x 43 cm
Jeff Koons, Balloon Dog (Orange), 1994-2000, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 121 x 143 x 45 in
George Stubbs, The Pointer, ca. 1766, oil on canvas, 61 x 70 cm
Giacomo Balla, Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash, 1912, oil on canvas, 96 x 116 cm
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Boy and dog in a Johnnypump, 1982, acrylic, crayon, spray paint, canvas, 421 x 240 cm

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