Gazing Ball (Monet Water Lilies) by Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania in 1955. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1976. Koons lives and works in New York City.

Presentation

Signed and Numbered edition of 20

Size

38 x 37.5 Inches

Created

2018

Medium

Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper with mirrored glass

Genre

Pop

Description

 

Gazing Ball (Monet Water Lilies) by Jeff Koons

“The Gazing Ball pieces trigger questions about the inherent dialogue between art works and their viewers in the most tangible way, as the viewers see themselves encapsulated within each work. Reflecting the onlookers’ physicality, Koons’ globes serve as portals, guiding viewers into these often misunderstood masterpieces, where art history meets contemporary pop culture, while never avoiding the viewer’s own visage in the engagement and experience of these famous pieces. For Koons, the act of viewing these pieces is as essential as their own objective histories, and while he cannot force a conversation face to face with each original simultaneously, the presentation here is an excellent start.” -Art Observed December 2017

Jeff Koons plays with ideas of taste, pleasure, celebrity, and commerce. “I believe in advertisement and media completely,” he says. “My art and my personal life are based in it.” Working with seductive commercial materials (such as the high chromium stainless steel of his Balloon sculptures or his vinyl “Inflatables”, shifts of scale, and an elaborate studio system involving many technicians, Koons turns banal objects into high art icons. His paintings and sculptures borrow widely from art-historical techniques and styles; although often seen as ironic or tongue-in-cheek, Koons insists his practice is earnest and optimistic. “I’ve always loved Surrealism and Pop, so I just follow my interests and focus on them,” he says. “When you do that, things become very metaphysical.”

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