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Brilliant Balloons

On what would have been Andy Warhol's 86th birthday, Good Things celebrates the best of balloon art

Andrea Galvani, Death of an image #5, 2005
Andrea Galvani, Death of an image #5, 2005 Courtesy the artist and Artericambi, Verona, Italy

Today would have been the great Andy Warhol’s birthday, so we’re celebrating with a bit of pop art in the form of lovely balloons. Do you see what we did there? (Disclaimer: this week's Good Things is not suitable for those with globophobia).

First up, dressage takes a fashionable turn with these photographs of horses decked in balloons from Andrea Galvani, reminiscent of Gray Malin's brilliant images of llamas and balloons. Guidance may be required, but one must suffer for fashion.

Andrea Galvani, Death of an image #9, 2006
Andrea Galvani, Death of an image #9, 2006 Courtesy the artist and Artericambi, Verona, Italy

The three most satisfying things to write on are balloons, soles of shoes and bananas. This blog, Inflated/Deflated, experimented with the former, writing questions and ambiguous statements on various coloured balloons.

© inflated/deflated
© inflated/deflated
© inflated/deflated
© inflated/deflated
© inflated/deflated
© inflated/deflated

Set designer Gemma Tickle created a series of fabulous geometric balloons for her POP exhibition earlier this year. If only balloons actually came in these geometric forms.

POP by Gemma Tickle
POP by Gemma Tickle Photography by Catherine Losing
POP by Gemma Tickle
POP by Gemma Tickle Photography by Catherine Losing
POP by Gemma Tickle
POP by Gemma Tickle Photography by Catherine Losing

Balloons have long fascinated artists, their simple, nostalgic beauty drawing people in. Koons aside, we’ve put together a couple of our favourite balloon led large scale installations. Like giant balls of gum this installation by Merjin Hos should be considered for the Thames.

Merijn Hos & Renee Reijnders, Bubblegum Installation, 2010
Merijn Hos & Renee Reijnders, Bubblegum Installation, 2010 © Merijn Hos

Next up, balloons and polyhedra, courtesy of Amy Joy Watson. You can’t go wrong really.

Amy Joy Watson, Untitled, 2011
Amy Joy Watson, Untitled, 2011 © Amy Joy Watson

Having visited the Martin Creed balloon room at the Hayward recently, the next one on our list is William Forsythe. One thousand white balloons suspended from a ceiling is a fine sight indeed.

William Forsythe, Scattered Crowd
William Forsythe, Scattered Crowd © William Forsythe
William Forsythe, Scattered Crowd
William Forsythe, Scattered Crowd © William Forsythe
William Forsythe, Scattered Crowd
William Forsythe, Scattered Crowd © William Forsythe
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