Jeff Koons

Balloon Monkey (Blue)

Jeff Koons

Balloon Monkey (Blue)

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Details

Technique:
Porcelain with chromatic coating
Year:
2017
Edition Size:
999
Dimensions:
24.9 x 20.9 x 39.2 cm (9.8 x 8.2 x 15.4 in)
Signature:
Signed and numbered

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About the Artwork

SALES START ON JULY 5, 2017

Balloon Monkey (Blue),  is a limited edition that transforms a simple twisted rubber balloon monkey into porcelain. Incorporating the vocabulary of his iconic Celebration sculptures, Balloon Monkey, along with two other animals, Balloon Rabbit and Balloon Swan, marked a spectacular new chapter in Jeff Koons’s oeuvre.

“It is about celebration and childhood and color and simplicity – but it’s also a Trojan horse. It’s a Trojan horse to the whole body of art work.”

Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons has been interested in cultural subject matter with widespread appeal throughout his career. It is, therefore, fitting that the monkey has been a recurring motif in his body of work. Humankind’s close kinship with primates has captured artist’s fascination throughout history, serving as an allegorical figure for universal themes such as the pursuit of pleasure, sexuality and innocence. Koons merges these typically contradictory concepts through the reduction of the subject to its most essential form. 

About the Artist

Jeff Koons (born 1955) playfully tests the boundaries of commerce, celebrity, banality and pleasure. He turns banal commercial or everyday objects into art icons by using seductive materials, a shift of scale and a contextual displacement.