The 2008 Artist Series Beach Towels Are Here!

2008 artist beach towels hero IIHIH

Earlier in 2007, Target and the Art Production Fund came out with a series of four artist-designed towels.

The 2007 series (seen below) was a big hit and Target sold out of all four almost immediately. As a big Alex Katz fan, I immediately bought two of his. The towels are nice and large 60″ x 70″ and well worth the $50.00 for which they originally retailed.

2014 UPDATE: If you can find them, these now retail for hundreds of dollars!

2007 artist series beach towels
The now sold-out 2007 Artist Series Beach Towels

2008 Artist Series Beach Towels

Now, Target and Art Production Fund have announced the lineup of guest artists for their second-annual collaboration of fine-art towels known as the Artist Towel Series 2008.

Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Elizabeth Peyton, and Kehinde Wiley have each created a limited-edition beach towel as part of the WOW (Works on Whatever) items designed by contemporary artists to bring art off the walls and into everyday life.

Cindy Sherman's Woman In Pool beach towel
Cindy Sherman’s Woman In Pool Beach Towel
Jeff Koons' Monkey Train Beach Towel
Jeff Koons’ Monkey Train Beach Towel

They include “Balloon Monkey,” “Woman in Pool,” “Sidney,” and “African-American Man.” The 60 x 70-inch cotton towels, which will be available starting November 19 for $50 on and, will also be the official pool towels for André Balazs’ Raleigh Hotel during Art Basel Miami Beach December 5 to 9.

Elizabeth Peyton's Sidney beach towel
Elizabeth Peyton’s Sidney Beach Towel
Kehinde Wiley's African American Man beach towel
Kehinde Wiley’s African American Man Beach Towel

Proceeds from sales will support Art Production Fund’s mission to support major civic artwork projects, while half of all proceeds generated from sales of Koons’ towel will also support the Koons Family Institute, a resource of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.

Buy ’em quick, they don’t stay in stock for long.