Jeff Koons (1955-)
“Bourgeois Bust - Jeff and Ilona” (1991)
Created for the “Made in Heaven” exhibition, in which Koons explored the concept of love in relation to his own marriage to porn star Ilona Staller. The couple are depicted within a traditional Baroque style that drew its inspiration from antique classical sculpture. With her plaited hair and string of pearls, Staller appears like Venus, the Greek goddess of love.
“You know the reason why I used a basketball over another object is for the purity of it. It’s an inflatable - it relates to our human experience to be alive. We have to breathe. If the ball would be deflated, it would be a symbol of death. But, it’s inflated so it’s a symbol of life.”
Sebastian Errazuriz vandalises augmented-reality version of Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog sculpture
Snapchat paired up with the artist Jeff Koons to place an augmented reality version of his famous Balloon Dog sculpture in New York’s Central Park – but in a “stance against an imminent AR corporate invasion”, the work has been graffitied by artist Sebastian Errazuriz.
Messaging app Snapchat created digital versions of a number of Koons’ sculptures this week, and geotagged them to allow smartphone users to superimpose the artworks over settings around the world, from London’s Hyde Park to New York’s Central Park and Sydney’s Opera House.