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Jeff Koons | Andy Warhol

Flowers

November 11–December 21, 2002
980 Madison Avenue, New York

Andy Warhol Jeff Koons: Flowers Installation view

Andy Warhol Jeff Koons: Flowers

Installation view

Works Exhibited

Jeff Koons, Wall Relief with Bird, 1991 Polychromed wood, 72 × 50 × 27 inches (182.9 × 127 × 68.6 cm), edition of 3

Jeff Koons, Wall Relief with Bird, 1991

Polychromed wood, 72 × 50 × 27 inches (182.9 × 127 × 68.6 cm), edition of 3

Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1974 Pencil and dye on paper, 40 ½ × 27 ¼ inches (102.9 × 69.2 cm)

Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1974

Pencil and dye on paper, 40 ½ × 27 ¼ inches (102.9 × 69.2 cm)

Jeff Koons, Large Vase of Flowers, 1991 Polychromed wood, 52 × 43 × 43 inches (132.1 × 109.2 × 109.2 cm)

Jeff Koons, Large Vase of Flowers, 1991

Polychromed wood, 52 × 43 × 43 inches (132.1 × 109.2 × 109.2 cm)

Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1964 Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 24 × 24 inches (61 × 61 cm)

Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1964

Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 24 × 24 inches (61 × 61 cm)

Jeff Koons, Flowers, 1986 Stainless steel, 12 ½ × 18 × 12 1/3 inches (32 × 46 × 31 cm), edition of 3

Jeff Koons, Flowers, 1986

Stainless steel, 12 ½ × 18 × 12 1/3 inches (32 × 46 × 31 cm), edition of 3

Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1964 Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 22 × 22 inches (55.9 × 55.9 cm)

Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1964

Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 22 × 22 inches (55.9 × 55.9 cm)

Andy Warhol, Daisy Waterfall (Rain Machine), 1970–71 Mixed media, 162 × 248 × 96 inches (411.5 × 630 × 243.8 cm)

Andy Warhol, Daisy Waterfall (Rain Machine), 1970–71

Mixed media, 162 × 248 × 96 inches (411.5 × 630 × 243.8 cm)

About

Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol. The exhibition will juxtapose the work of these two seminal Pop figures through their use of flower imagery in a range of media.

In a review following Warhol’s first show at Leo Castelli Gallery, David Bourdon described his Flowers canvases as “cutout gouaches by Matisse set adrift on Monet’s lily pond” (Village Voice, December 3, 1964). The exhibition features a variety of sizes and palettes of Warhol’s Flowers, illustrating the serialized nature of his work while simultaneously revealing the subtle individuality of each canvas. Drawings of flowers from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s will also be shown to provide context regarding the history of the flower as subject within Warhol’s oeuvre.

While some of Jeff Koons’s flower sculptures reference childhood objects and pleasures, others embody the oxymoronic concept of inanimate/animate objects, the still life, or nature morte. The exhibition will include early examples of Koons’s exploration of the flower motif and will span through the 1990s, encompassing sculptural works made of plastic, stainless steel, glass, and wood.

 Jeff Koons | Andy Warhol: Flowers offers a fresh view into two seminal contemporary artists’ manipulation and representation of natural beauty and form.