The Diamond series is a group of five works by Jeff Koons – the red, pink and green versions are in private collections. The blue one was actioned at Christies.
Dazzling, magnificent, gigantically grotesque and staggeringly beautiful, Jeff Koons’s Blue Diamond, 2005 was the spectacular centerpiece of Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art auction in New York. Part of the famed Celebration series, Blue Diamond – a sculpture that occupies not only a seminal place in Koons’s body of work but also in his personal life – will present collectors with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire an oeuvre clef by one of the most important artists of our time.
The artwork was auctioned at Christie’s for $12 million. However, the piece was going to be estimated for $20 million.
Blue Diamond is part of Jeff Koons’s Celebration series which the artist commenced in 1994 and which focuses on the calendar of holidays. Koons’s works in the series are reflections upon the mass-made consumer products that are created for celebrating these holidays and in that sense Blue Diamond is the perfect, Disney-scaled engagement ring. Its vast, oversized, gleaming stainless steel format takes ‘bling-bling’ to ecstatic new levels but the sparkle is only skin deep. The highly polished chromium surface of this steel object reflects light, but does not refract it in the same way as a real diamond. Instead, this is what an imaginary diamond should be—it is an almost comic-strip archetype, a stereotype, a cliché that has burst into monumental existence in our world, speaking of wealth and luxury and awe in an open, sincere and deliberately uncritical manner.
Diamonds — big and small, real and fake — can also be an artist’s best friend.
The Diamond is also about sex, a theme which has been glorified throughout his work. Sex for Koons, is not a ‘by-the-way,’ sex is what ultimately assures procreation, hence life and thus primordial. In Koons’s own words: “Sexuality is the principal object of art. It’s about the preservation of the species. Procreation is a priority.
Jeff Koons said about his work: “The diamond is seven feet wide. The stone is attached to a ring by four prongs. For me, the prongs are like sperm attacking an ovum. The facets of the diamond are the egg in the process of being fertilized.”
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