About this artwork

Packaged in their original boxes and encased in glass, basketballs are here removed from their usual function. Instead they are presented as objects for veneration and desire. Koons produced this artwork in 1983. The 'Equilibrium' exhibition in 1985 included Nike advertisements starring basketball players and other athletes, as well as aquariums containing basketballs suspended in water and cast bronze readymades. The pieces captured the aspirations of young working-class Americans who sought to find fame and wealth through sport. However, according to Koons the basketballs ultimately symbolize mortality, implying that total equilibrium is only possible in death.

  • title:
    Encased - Four Rows
  • accession number:
    AR00078
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  • materials:
    Glass, steel, plastic and basketballs
  • date created:
    1983 - 1993
  • measurements:
    203.20 x 140.00 x 43.20 cm
  • credit line:
    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
  • copyright:
    © JEFF KOONS
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons