In Jeff Koons’ 1981 piece New Shelton Wet/Dry Doubledecker two pristine, identical vacuum cleaners sit, one on top of the other, in a hermetically sealed plexiglass box.
The piece belongs to Koons’ series The New, which featured other innocent, imprisoned dust guzzlers displayed and lit like historical artefacts.
The intention: to highlight the rug suckers’ “integrity of birth…newness…treating them like eternal virgins”.
The result: pure kitsch.
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