Cracked Egg (Red), 2008


This cracked egg was executed in 2008, as part of the edition for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles. It is unsigned as issued. Created over the years of 1994 and 2006, Jeff Koons’ Cracked Egg works are comprised of mirror-polished stainless steel with a colored overlay. In terms of size, this piece is 39⅜ x 62⅝ x 62⅝ in . Similar to his balloon dog series, Koons’ Cracked Egg represents the temporal milestones of human life. Egg imagery is often tied to ideas of birth and fertility, thus illustrating the beginning of human creation. Koons refers to Cracked Egg as a “fusion of opposites” : a balanced harmony of the fleeting and the everlasting. Koons physically eternalizes the egg, an otherwise transitory object, by casting it in a hard, durable shell. The symbolic juxtapositions that underlie Koons’ work is what makes it intricate and multifaceted. This piece is unsigned as issued. Contact us with any further questions!
Jeff Koons


Jeff Koons plays with ideas of taste, pleasure, celebrity, and commerce. “I believe in advertisement and media completely,” he says. “My art and my personal life are based in it.” Working with seductive commercial materials (such as the high chromium stainless steel of his “Balloon Dog” sculptures or his vinyl “Inflatables”), shifts of scale, and an elaborate studio system involving many technicians, Koons turns banal objects into high art icons. His paintings and sculptures borrow widely from art-historical techniques and styles; although often seen as ironic or tongue-in-cheek, Koons insists his practice is earnest and optimistic. “I’ve always loved Surrealism and Dada and Pop, so I just follow my interests and focus on them,” he says. “When you do that, things become very metaphysical.” The “Banality” series that brought him fame in the 1980s included pseudo-Baroque sculptures of subjects like Michael Jackson with his pet ape, while his monumental topiaries, like the floral Puppy (1992), reference 17th-century French garden design.

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