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Rite of Passage

IMG_0730Walking into the co-ed lobby bathroom at the Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles evokes shock and humor. You find yourself immediately standing under a gigantic painting of a woman prepared to utilize the facilities. This larger than life image provides a unique take on artwork for a hotel bathroom. If you have the urge, you must pass beneath her before choosing your room of choice.

ENTERING HEAVEN

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Jeff Koons

Violet-Ice (Kama Sutra)

1991

Colored murano glass

33 x 69 x 42

 

The self portrait is not a new subject in art. Dating back to times as early as ancient Egypt, people had an interest in preserving an image of themselves. Contemporary artist Jeff Koons decided to expand on the concept of the self portrait, taking this genre to the highest level. In his series titled Made in Heaven, Koons creates self portraits in a variety of media ranging from lithographs to glass to marble. While most people stereotypically think of self portraits as a painting of a person’s face or images of someone with their favorite objects, Koons’ work is a little different. In this series Koons’ self portraits depict him and his former wife, Italian porn star Ilona, having sex. With a variety of sexual positions shown, Koons questions the status of art. Are these portraits pornographic or do they serve to challenge society’s sexual stigmas? Has Jeff Koons gone too far or not far enough? You tell me.