Jeff Koons X Louis Vuitton
Jeff Koons has teamed up with Louis Vuitton on a 51-piece series titled the ‘Masters’ collection, adorning premium leather goods with five classic paintings produced by Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Peter Paul Rubens and Jean-Honoré Fragonard. More specifically, LV’s signature bags such as the Speedy, Neverfull, and Keepall alongside wallets, keychains, shawls and silk squares make up the entire series.
With collections such as the ‘Gazing Ball’ or Balloon Venus, it is no surprise in his choice of paintings for the collab, as Koons‘ notoriety lie in his ability to blur the line between art and pornography. Ranging from Fragonard’s provocative painting of a partly nude young woman playing with a fluffy dog in bed, Titian’s sensual kiss during ‘Mars, Venus and Cupid’ painting, to Ruben’s powerful ‘Tiger Hunt’, the line is not simply of luxury bags, but an artist’s meditation on the masters, in handbag form.
Koons has draws inspiration from his earlier series, “Gazing Ball’, where replicas of 35 masterpieces by artists such as Manet, Rembrandt, DaVinci, Klimt (among others) were interrupted by a blue glass ball placed in front of the painting. The collaboration with the french fashion house builds on this theme by emblazoning the centuries old chef-dœuvre works on signature Louis Vuitton pieces, creating an enthusiasm for great art in a language people in the 21st century understand.
“Masters” is by no means Louis Vuitton’s first foray into fine art. Stephen Sprouse and Takashi Murakami both reimagined Louis Vuitton’s logos for wildly successful accessories under former creative director Marc Jacobs, and in 2014 the Fondation Louis Vuitton, a permanent museum designed by Frank Gehry, opened in Paris.
Guy Hepner is pleased to present the works of Jeff Koons for sale. Inquire today about purchasing Koons’ limited edition prints, Balloon Venus, Balloon dog, Gazing Ball series and other sculptures available.