As a result of a new public art project co-presented by the Art Production Fund and Kiehl’s Since 1851, Jeff Koons will be exhibiting again for the 3rd time at the Rockerfeller Centre in New York City.
From 12th May until 2nd June, his large-scale inflatable ‘Seated Ballerina’ will grace the plaza infront of the famous skyscraper. (Previous projects at this site by the flamboyant contemporary artist were ‘Split-Rocker’ in 2014 and ‘Puppy’ in 2000.). This piece will measure 45 feet tall, on a base measuring 7 1/2 feet high.
Of his unusual subject matter, Koons says:
“‘Seated Ballerina’ is like a Venus. You could be looking at a Venus of Willendorf of some of the oldest Venuses. It is really about beauty and even a sense of contemplation, a sense of ease”.
Shown above placed at Oceana Bal Harbour Condominiums in Miami – installed by owner Eduardo Costartini – the founder of the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) – so far 4 copies of the wooden version of ‘Seated Ballerina’ have arrived at auction. The highest price achieved so far was $115,484 at Phillips London back in 2015, but with the installation of the colossal version at the Rockerfeller Centre, perhaps the latest figure coming up for sale at Phillips New York will fetch an even tidier sum (already estimated at $60,000 to $80,000).
The Art Production Fund hope that the project will bring exposure to the National Missing Children’s Month (the installation runs concurrently). The artist stated:
‘This partnership will increase awareness and help the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children make the world a safer place for children.’.
Here’s hoping the charity art project raises the much-needed funds the centre so desperately requires.
[Credits: www.miami-new-construction.com; Koons Studio; Art Production Fund; artnet]