New Hoover Convertibles, Green, Red, Brown, New Shelton Wet/Dry 10 Gallon Displaced Doubledecker
© Jeff Koons

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New Hoover Convertibles, Green, Red, Brown, New Shelton Wet/Dry 10 Gallon Displaced Doubledecker 1981 - 1987
  • Artist Rooms
In 1980 Koons exhibited a series of sculptures from the 'Pre-New' series, which were comprised of wall-mounted vacuum cleaners on acrylic illuminated by fluorescent lights. The artist later produced more configurations, using readymade objects in the creation of highly conceptual artworks. Pristine vacuum cleaners were displayed in acrylic cases in various configurations. The series, ‘The New,’ explored the way our fantasies and desires are transferred to ordinary objects. Gleaming seductively under the glare of fluorescent lighting, it is the newness of the 'New Hoover Convertibles' that gives them their appeal. Suspended in a state of ultimate perfection, Koons commented, "If one of my works was to be turned on, it would be destroyed."

Glossary Open

Conceptual art

Art in which the idea takes precedence over its manifestation in visual form. It emerged in the 1960s and was often concerned with the nature of art and the use of language.

Readymade

A term coined by Marcel Duchamp to describe an existing object that is taken from its original context and regarded as a work of art.

Conceptual art, Readymade

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00077
  • Medium 4 vacuum cleaners, Perspex and fluorescent lights
  • Size 251.00 x 137.00 x 71.50 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008