May 13, 2021

Jeff Koons Turns Out at Neiman’s in Dallas

DALLAS — Jeff Koons may be one of the most collaborative and commercial artists in history, but showing up in stores to sell the goods is not really his thing.
Nonetheless, he made the effort Monday, spending the afternoon and evening at Neiman Marcus’ downtown flagship for the U.S. introduction of his red Balloon Rabbit, blue Balloon Monkey and yellow Balloon Swan as limited-edition porcelain figures produced by Bernardaud.
“I am fortunate to have different opportunities to work with people, but I’m usually in my studio focusing on the painting and sculpture on a different scale, so when I do work with a company it’s really quite a special activity,” Koons said.
The soft-spoken artist met with media, visited with public relations managers who happened to be in town from all 42 stores, and signed cards for purchasers at a cocktail party hosted by Neiman’s chief executive officer Karen Katz and senior vice president and fashion director Ken Downing.
Rendered in a greenish yellow, the Balloon Swan has particular resonance for the artist.
“The first artwork I ever made as a child was a swan,” he said. “It was ceramic, and I had such a hard time to be able to get the curve of

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