WALRUS (Purple)
© Jeff Koons

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WALRUS (Purple) 1999
  • Artist Rooms
Cut into the shape of various animals, Koons's Easyfun mirrors offer a blend of abstraction and graphic design. Describing them as "just as simple as a pack of Crayola", the artist selected the colours specially to complement the individual animals. With their polished surfaces, the mirrors are highly reflective, and it is impossible to view them without also seeing oneself. Framing the audience within a fantastical world of ponies, elephants and hippos, the artworks recall a childish sense of perception and self-discovery. Koons has said of these works “it’s about being able to create a work that helps liberate people from judgment.” However, the reflections also respond to our narcissistic desire for self-satisfaction, fulfilling adult fantasies and pleasures.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.

Abstract art

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00493
  • Medium Glass, plastic and stainless steel
  • Size 221.00 x 149.00 x 3.00 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008