Balloon Rabbit, Balloon Swan, Balloon Monkey

$50,000

Created in 2017, Jeff Koons’ balloon animals are comprised of metallic porcelain with chromatic coating. In terms of size, the Swan (Magenta) is 241 x 164 x 210 mm, the Monkey (Orange) is 249 x 209 x 392 mm, and the Rabbit (Violet) is 292 x 139 x 210 mm. Edition size is 999. The balloon animal series represents the ephemerality of human life. These works are symbolic of the fleeting human condition: just like balloon animals, we inflate when we are born and inevitably deflate when we die. Spectators are able to see their reflections in these sculptures, both literally and figuratively mirroring the cycle of life. And on another note, these nostalgic works may just take us back to our naive childhood pasts.
Creator
Jeff Koons

About

Jeff Koons plays with ideas of taste, pleasure, celebrity, and commerce. “I believe in advertisement and media completely,” he says. “My art and my personal life are based in it.” Working with seductive commercial materials (such as the high chromium stainless steel of his “Balloon Dog” sculptures or his vinyl “Inflatables”), shifts of scale, and an elaborate studio system involving many technicians, Koons turns banal objects into high art icons. His paintings and sculptures borrow widely from art-historical techniques and styles; although often seen as ironic or tongue-in-cheek, Koons insists his practice is earnest and optimistic. “I’ve always loved Surrealism and Dada and Pop, so I just follow my interests and focus on them,” he says. “When you do that, things become very metaphysical.” The “Banality” series that brought him fame in the 1980s included pseudo-Baroque sculptures of subjects like Michael Jackson with his pet ape, while his monumental topiaries, like the floral Puppy (1992), reference 17th-century French garden design.

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