Legendary American pop culture artist Jeff Koons returns to Rockefeller Center for a third time with Seated Ballerina, unveiled in New York City’s famous Midtown plaza on May 12.
Following the Public Art Fund’s exhibition of Puppy in 2000 and Split-Rocker in 2014, Jeff Koons returns to Rockefeller Center with Seated Ballerina—this time, presented by the Art Production Fund (APF).
Iconic for his detailed reproductions of ordinary household items and popular culture trends, Koons is also known for creating stainless steel sculptures resembling mylar balloons. In 2013, a version of Balloon Dog sold for $58.4 million at Christie’s New York, setting the artist’s auction record.
On May 12, Koons unveiled his second “inflatable” public sculpture of a 45-foot tall dancer putting on her ballet shoes. The large-scale artwork is an offshoot of Koons’ Antiquity series, and was inspired by an old Russian-made porcelain figurine.
The APF’s executive director, Casey Fremont, explained to artnet News that the inflatable aesthetic is “going back to what [Koons] was really well known for.” In a statement, Koons said that Seated Ballerina is “about beauty and even a sense of contemplation, a sense of ease.”
But the APF also sees the artwork’s enchanting theme as an opportunity to call attention to National Missing Children’s Month. Koons has produced a limited edition Seated Ballerina tin in partnership with cosmetic brand Kiehl’s. Throughout the month of May, Kiehl’s will offer the tin alongside their Midnight Recovery Collection, with the proceeds donated to to the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children.
“This partnership will increase awareness and help the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children make the world a safer place for children,” Koons said. “It’s a very hopeful piece.”
Jeff Koons’ Seated Ballerina will remain on view in Rockefeller Center, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10111 until June 2, 2017.