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18 May 2017

Jeff Koons Unveils Enormous New ‘Seated Ballerina’ Sculpture In NYC

The 45-foot-tall metallic ballerina has been one of New York’s most Instagrammed attractions.

Last week acclaimed US pop artist Jeff Koons revealed his latest colossal sculpture “Seated Ballerina”, situated in the middle of New York City’s iconic Rockefeller Center. The monumental metallic figure is the latest in Koons’s “Antiquity” series, with the sculpture serving as a modern imagining of the Roman/Greek goddess Venus.

The eye-catching work was made in collaboration with cosmetics brand Keihl’s to raise awareness for National Missing Children’s Month and to benefit the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Koons turned to the charity when his son was abducted by his ex-wife Ilona Staller in the 90s.

Chris Salgardo, president of Kiehl’s explained, “There were 465,000 reports of missing children last year in the U.S., and it’s gratifying to know that we are able to make a difference in the lives of our children.”

Koons interprets his latest blockbuster piece:

“It’s another way to bring metaphysics to a piece, and the ballerina has this reflective surface, and I think the piece communicates a sense of optimism and a future for people. Art is something that happens inside a viewer. That excites people. That excitement is sighting one’s own potential as a human being. That’s the art. And I am thrilled to be able to exhibit this at Rockefeller Center.”

Jeff Koons’s profile in the UK was further increased after his 2016 major retrospective ‘NOW’, which took place at Damien Hirst’s Newport Street gallery. ‘Now’ demonstrated Koons’s enduring ability to delight, fascinate and provoke.

Related: Jeff Koons: ‘Now’ at Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery

“Seated Ballerina” is on display in New York City until 2 June.


"Puppy" - Jeff Koons (Silkscreen, signed limited edition of 75) 

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