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Jeff Koons

Untitled (Girl with Dolphin and Monkey)

2006

From

Whitney Museum of American Art 75th Anniversary Photography Portfolio

Artist

Jeff Koons (1955-)

Title

Untitled (Girl with Dolphin and Monkey)

Portfolio/Series

Whitney Museum of American Art 75th Anniversary Photography Portfolio
3 of 5 in the Portfolio

Date

2006

Medium

Chromogenic print

Dimensions

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

Edition information

AP 11/12 | Edition of 25, 1 PP, 1 HC

Credit line

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

Accession number

2006.80.1.2

Object Label

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.”