Portraiture

The 15 Best Photos of Jeff Koons Posing by His Artworks: a Celebration

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15. Schirn Kunsthalle earlier this week. (Courtesy Daniel Roland/AFPGetty Images)

Yesterday, Observer Culture Editor Sarah Douglas reported from a talk that Jeff Koons gave about his own work last week at Basel’s Beyeler Foundation. Among his topics: biology, breasts, testicles. As many have noted, Mr. Koons is a remarkably eloquent, if bizarre, interpreter of his work. What has been less frequently addressed is his skill at posing with his sculptures. Perhaps only Salvador Dalí—whom Mr. Koons collects—can be considered a true rival in the expressive intensity of his poses. Below, a brief look at some of Mr. Koons’s best moments.

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14. Schirn Kunsthalle. (Courtesy Getty Images)

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13. Neue Nationalgalerie. (Courtesy Michael Gottschalk/AFP/Getty Images)

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12. National Museum in Naples in 2003. (Courtesy Salvatore Laporta/ Getty images)

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11. Neue Nationalgalerie in 2008. (Courtesy Michael Gottschalk/AFP/Getty Images)

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10. Schirn Kunsthalle. (Courtesy Getty Images)

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9. Schirn Kunsthalle. (Courtesy Getty Images)

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8. Beyeler Foundation in May. (Courtesy Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

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7. Tate Modern in 2009. (Courtesy Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

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6. Serpentine Gallery in 2009. (Courtesy Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

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5. Serpentine Gallery. (Courtesy Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

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4. Serpentine Gallery. (Courtesy Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

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3. Beyeler Foundation in May. (Courtesy Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

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2. “Kids for Kids” benefit for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation at the Park Avenue Armory in 2008. (Courtesy Getty Images)

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1. Guggenheim Bilbao Museum in 1997. (Courtesy Dominique Fageta/AFP/Getty Images)

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