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"Jeff, I loved the Puppy ." From a few words, John Kaldor's contemporary art dreams can loom large. Such was the case, in 1995, when the Australian art patron invited American Jeff Koons to rebuild his 12-m-high topiary terrier in the forecourt of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. At a time when cutting-edge art was still frowned on in Australia, Puppy which required audiences to do little more than stop and smile and smell the flowerswas a palatable panacea. Later purchased by the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, Koons' Postmodernist sculpture would become a global mascot for contemporary...