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Jeff Koons Gets Naked in the Latest Vanity Fair

Like all of Koons' art, this is understandably NSFW.

Jeff Koons is anything but coy. We know that. His oeuvre consists of enormous neon balloon animals, nightmarish cartoon characters, and graphic sexual acts; sometimes a single artwork will feature all three. He's a middle-aged multi-millionaire who employs hundreds of assistants to make his works, he was married to an Italian porn star, and was once described by Stephen Colbert as "the world's most expensive birthday clown". With all that in mind, his bare butt being plastered across the pages of Vanity Fair shouldn't be much of a surprise.

And yet...

You can never really prepare yourself to see a nude 59-year-old man splayed across what can only be described as a torture apparatus. Nor should you ever have to. But, part of a larger feature (yet to go online) about an upcoming Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York, this unforgettable image presumably comes as proof of the artist's determination and commitment to his craft.

"Koons, at 59, has already begun a strict exercise-and-diet regimen," reads the article. "[Now] he will have a shot at working undiminished into his 80s, as Picasso did."

Though it's an admirable crusade, we can't help but get creepy Patrick Bateman vibes off the whole thing. It's suspiciously easy to imagine this well-established neo-pop artist waking up in his silk sheets each morning and reciting the following mantra.

"I live in a townhouse on the Upper East Side with my wife and six children. My name is Jeff Koons. I'm 59 years old. I believe in taking care of myself with a balanced diet and rigorous exercise routine, but more than that I believe in giant inflatable rabbits."

Aside from Picasso and fictional serial killers, Jeff Koons is compared to many great artists in this latest feature. Courbet, Duchamp, and Brecht all get a mention, and of course the founding father of pop art himself, Andy Warhol. Though Koons is undoubtedly as well-known as many of these artists, he's equally as controversial. Both praised and criticised for his kitsch and mass-produced work, Koons has a troubled history with the art world despite his widespread commercial success.

Hopefully this feature and forthcoming exhibition do him some favours in the popularity stakes. Now readers will see he's just like them! He works out naked and loves Pink Panther erotica just as much as the next guy.

Via Huffington Post and Gallerist.

Published on June 15, 2014 by Meg Watson

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