Jeff Koons: The controversial artist behind the $58.4M dog

American contemporary artist Jeff Koons brings some of his most celebrated works of art to Palazzo Strozzi in Florence for a major exhibition entitled ‘Jeff Koons.Shine.’ His work will be exhibited alongside loan objects from galleries and museums around the world, exploring the concept of “shine” in his work–an ambiguous idea that oscillates between the dualities of being and seeming, or truth and sensation.

In 2013, his 10-foot-tall ‘Balloon Dog’ was auctioned for $58.4 million, setting a new record for the most expensive work ever sold by a living artist. The sale caused contention in the art world as critics and dealers struggled to assess the artist provocateur’s work; some lauded Koons’s irreverent pop-art aesthetic, while others dismissed his readymades as kitsch and childish… Continue reading on

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