In “Made in heaven” Jeff Koons made works depicting his sexual relationship with his wife, the Italian porn-star Ilona Staller, also known as Cicciolina. These provocative works show the naked couple in explicit poses and reference paintings by artists such as Edouard Manet to examine the place of sexuality in visual culture. Koons employed Ilona’s regular photographer and backdrops, to create the distinctive aesthetic associated with ‘glamour’ imagery. Blurring the boundaries between fine art and pornography, Koons challenged the conventions of artistic taste, encouraging his audience to make their own decisions about what is acceptable.

jeff koons made in heaven
Jeff Koons | Made in Heaven | 1977

jeff koons made in heaven
Jeff Koons | Made in Heaven | 1977

Jeff Koons | Made in Heaven | 1977
Jeff Koons | Made in Heaven | 1977

Jeff Koons | Made in Heaven | 1977

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