Massive Hyper-Realist Aluminum Sculpture Worth Millions

The 59-year-old contemporary artist, Jeff Koons, turns classic and ordinary objects into monumental stature and high-production finish. By appropriation and recontextualization recognizable objects, Koons challenges the viewer to think them as artistic objects, blurring the boundaries between popular taste and high art.

Koons is the most expensive living artist with a life’s work believed to worth close to $1billion. A comprehensive exhibition of his life’s work is taking over the Whitney Museum of American Art at its Madison Avenue location before moving downtown to a Renzo Piano-designed building in 2015.

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The exhibit is not just a chronological retrospective. It also includes new works by Koons, including “Play-Doh” (1994–2014), a massive hyper-realist aluminum sculpture meant to resemble a pile of its namesake children’s toy, allegedly took twenty years to execute to Koons’s specifications.
play1Back in 1994, Mr. Koons set out to replicate a colorful mound of Play-Doh configured by his son, Ludwig. It was to have been fashioned from polyethylene, “But as I started putting more and more detail in the piece, I realized I needed to make it out of aluminum to get a more hyper-realistic surface,” Mr. Koons said, as if to justify the sculpture’s long gestation.

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His choice of colors for “Play-Doh” was equally exacting. Mr. Koons ran off, coming back with a tray with small containers of vintage, dried-up Play-Doh, dating to 1994. “Over the years, the company has changed its colors,” Mr. Koons explained, asked why he had saved the samples and original containers. “They are easy to refresh with a little water.” Tiny mounds of bright yellow, blue, purple, red and green will be matched and spray-painted on the cast-aluminum parts at a company in Connecticut that specializes in decorative painting of hot rods and vintage cars. Then they will be assembled into a gigantic mound.

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The installation process was another hurdle.  The crew made a video of a small-scale model of “Play-Doh” to chart exactly how it will move through the museum lobby, into the elevator and up, where it will join other works from the “Celebration” series.

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Aluminum Exhibition Encourages Imagination in Engineering

In the years following its invention in the 1850s, aluminum was used in imitation of older, more established materials, like bronze, silver, and gold. Pittsburgh’s special relationship with the material dates to the founding of Alcoa (the Aluminum Company of America) in the city in 1888. In the 20th century, designers embraced the material for its own unique properties, exploiting its lightness, resistance to corrosion, and reflective surfaces. Between the two world wars, the material came to represent the Modernist ideal, epitomizing the streamlined, industrial world.

Aluminum production increased dramatically to support the war effort during the World War II. After the war, aluminum companies struggled to maintain production. To that end, the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) developed an “Imagineering” program, encouraging imagination in engineering.

As an effort to create incentive designers to continue to find new and inventive applications of aluminum, the Carnegie Museum of Art exhibit offers advertisements from 1946 related to the “Imagineering” program. The design collection at is especially strong in objects made in aluminum, an industrial material deeply associated with Pittsburgh.

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Aluminum Music Instrument Co Inc. – Violin and bow, 1930
binocular
Aitchison & Co – Binoculars, 1900
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Egmont C. Arens – “Streamliner” meat slicer, 1940
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Marc Newson – Lockheed Lounge, 1985
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Mathias Begntsson – “Slice” chair, 1999
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Frank L. Wright – Armchair, 1956

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Source: tms.org, cmoa.org

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