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Jeff Koons

Untitled (Girl with Dolphin and Monkey)

Not on view



Chromogenic print

Sheet: 27 3/8 × 40in. (69.5 × 101.6 cm)

Accession number

AP 11/12 | Ed. 25, 1 PP, 1 HC

Credit line
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art

Rights and reproductions
© Jeff Koons

Commissioned by the Whitney for the Museum’s 75th Anniversary Photography Portfolio, Jeff Koons created this surreal combination of pin-up girl, dolphin and monkey against a banal but colorful background. Referencing his characteristic themes of childhood, consumerism, and sexuality, the photograph includes one of Koons’s favored 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 he 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.”  



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