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JEFF KOONS: NOT FOR REPRO

JEFF KOONS HAS DISPLACED much from the larger world to the world of art—objects and the forms of objects, images, and genres of narrative. Among his displaced objects are basketballs and vacuum cleaners. The forms he has displaced include that of a toy rabbit, which was made of inflatable plastic when he found it. To present this form in the art world, he cast it in stainless steel. Having found other forms in kitsch statuettes of various sorts, he has had them reproduced with meticulous care, often at enormous size. Thus a small ceramic figure of a bathing woman becomes larger than life. With oil inks on canvas, Koons has displaced the imagery of liquor ads from magazine pages to gallery walls. And he has used this medium to retell pornography’s familiar narrative, with photos of himself and his wife in postures of apparently ecstatic foreplay and copulation.

Through statements to the

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