Jeff Koons: Balloon Monkey (Orange), 2019

Jeff Koons: Balloon Monkey (Orange), 2019

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Balloon Monkey (Orange), 2019, 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.

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.

Whether it is the seductive reflective surface, the intricate knots, creases, or twists, no detail of the work was compromised in rendering the Balloon Monkey in porcelain. Koons, intrigued by Limoges porcelain, partnered with Bernardaud to realize this complex work. For over 150 years, Bernardaud has worked with the most skilled artisans at their workshop in Limoges and most recently created new technologies to achieve the porcelain Balloon Monkey (Orange) by Jeff Koons.

Porcelain / 9.75 x 15.5 x 8.25 in. / Edition of 999
© Jeff Koons