Details:

This photograph is a surreal combination of pin-up girl, dolphin and monkey against a banal but colorful background. The composition references the artist's characteristic themes of childhood, consumerism and sexuality, including one of his favorite motifs: inflatables that resemble children’s pool toys.
Unframed
Edition 3 of 25
Signed

① Artwork:

Untitled (Girl with Dolphin and Monkey)

This photograph is a surreal combination of pin-up girl, dolphin and monkey against a banal but colorful background. The artist was was commissioned to create this work by the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City for its 75th Anniversary Photography Portfolio. This composition references the artist's characteristic themes of childhood, consumerism and sexuality. The photograph also includes one of Koons’s favorite motifs: inflatables that resemble children’s pool toys.

Koons began using inflatable figures in the late 1970s; they have since appeared in his paintings and photographs and as enlarged cast metal sculptures that are almost indistinguishable from the original objects. Koons’s fascination with blow-up toys stems from a Styrofoam swimming apparatus he had as a child. As the artist remarked, “it was like a life-saving tank . . . It gave me a great sense of independence. Pool toys are inflatable, just like people. Inflatables really are metaphors for the continuation of life.”

Specs:

39.75 inches
27.25 inches

③ Artist:

Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons, one the most recognized and popular contemporary artists working today, creates work that both appropriates and reveres popular culture. The artist is best known for his oversized sculptures of toys, souvenirs and ornaments. In addition to dramatically increasing their scale, Koons use of sturdy materials recasts these exemplars of ephemera and kitsch into permanent features of our landscape.

Jeff Koons:
Untitled (Girl with Dolphin and Monkey), 2006
Chromogenic crystal archive print
27.3 × 39.8 inches /