Filed under: Art, Basketball, Bread City, Jeff Koons | Tags: 1980s Culture, Art Criticism, Art History, Basketball Art, Elizabeth Manchester
Enclosed in the watery vitrines, the basketballs become idealised objects which may refer to nostalgia or ambition – either way they are unattainable… Over a period of six months the balls gradually sink to the bottom of the tank and have to be reset. Because of this, they may be seen as representing transience, human frailty and vulnerability to change in fortune.
-Elizabeth Manchester on Jeff Koons’ seminal 1985 basketball sculpture
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