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Jeff Koons

Gazing Ball Paintings

November 9–December 23, 2015
West 21st Street, New York

Installation view Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view

Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view

Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view

Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view

Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view

Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Works Exhibited

Jeff Koons, Gazing Ball (Spranger Hercules, Deianira, and Centaur Nessus), 2015 Oil on canvas, glass, and aluminum, 73 ⅝ × 54 × 14 ¾ inches (187 × 137.2 × 37.5 cm)© Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons, Gazing Ball (Spranger Hercules, Deianira, and Centaur Nessus), 2015

Oil on canvas, glass, and aluminum, 73 ⅝ × 54 × 14 ¾ inches (187 × 137.2 × 37.5 cm)
© Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons, Gazing Ball (Manet Luncheon on the Grass), 2014–15 Oil on canvas, glass, and aluminum, 63 × 81 ¼ × 14 ¾ inches (160 × 206.4 × 37.5 cm)© Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons, Gazing Ball (Manet Luncheon on the Grass), 2014–15

Oil on canvas, glass, and aluminum, 63 × 81 ¼ × 14 ¾ inches (160 × 206.4 × 37.5 cm)
© Jeff Koons

About

Gagosian is pleased to present a new series of paintings by Jeff Koons entitled Gazing Ball.

In this series, Koons is in dialogue with artists of the past, such as Titian, El Greco, Courbet, and Manet, among others, addressing the power of artistic gesture. Each work includes a blue glass gazing ball that sits on a painted aluminum shelf attached to the front of the painting. Both viewer and painting are reflected in the gazing ball. This metaphysical occurrence connects the viewer to a family of representations from our cultural history in real time. Through Koons’s simple act of placing a gazing ball in front of the images, painting and sculpture are reunited for maximum sensory perception, as in ancient times.

Josh Kline, Skittles, 2014, commercial fridge, light box, and blended liquids in bottles, 86 ½ × 127 ½ × 41 inches (219.7 × 323.9 × 104.1 cm) © Josh Kline. Photo:  © Timothy Schenck

Laws of Motion

Catalyzed by Laws of Motion—a group exhibition pairing artworks from the 1980s on by Jeff Koons, Cady Noland, Rosemarie Trockel, and Jeff Wall with contemporary sculptures by Josh Kline and Anicka Yi—Wyatt Allgeier discusses the convergences and divergences in these artists’ practices with an eye to the economic worlds from which they spring.

The cover of the Fall 2019 Gagosian Quarterly magazine. Artwork by Nathaniel Mary Quinn

Now available
Gagosian Quarterly Fall 2019

The Fall 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring a detail from Sinking (2019) by Nathaniel Mary Quinn on its cover.

Glenstone Museum.

Intimate Grandeur: Glenstone Museum

Paul Goldberger tracks the evolution of Mitchell and Emily Rales’s Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland. Set amid 230 acres of pristine landscape and housing a world-class collection of modern and contemporary art, this graceful complex of pavilions, designed by architects Thomas Phifer and Partners, opened to the public in the fall of 2018.

Still from video Visions of the Self: Jenny Saville on Rembrandt

Visions of the Self: Jenny Saville on Rembrandt

Jenny Saville reveals the process behind her new self-portrait, painted in response to Rembrandt’s masterpiece Self-Portrait with Two Circles.

Jeff Koons: Easyfun-Ethereal

Jeff Koons: Easyfun-Ethereal

Learn more about Jeff Koons’s Easyfun-Ethereal series in this video featuring Rebecca Sternthal, one of the organizers behind the most recent exhibition of these works in New York.

Rx Art

The Bigger Picture
Rx Art

Derek Blasberg speaks with Diane Brown, president and founder of RxArt, and with contributing artists Dan Colen, Urs Fischer, and Jeff Koons about the transformative power of visual art.

News

Jeff Koons, Cherubs, 1991 © Jeff Koons. Photo: Rob McKeever

Art Fair

TEFAF Online New York 2020
Jeff Koons

November 1–4, 2020

Gagosian is pleased to participate in TEFAF Online New York 2020 with a special presentation of Cherubs (1991) by Jeff Koons.

A wall sculpture in polychromed wood, Cherubs forms a key part of Koons’s renowned Made in Heaven series (1989–91) and merges his investigation of kitsch aesthetics and commodity culture with a veneration of Baroque craftsmanship—it was carved by artisans from the Bavarian village of Oberammergau. Making reference to the Rococo visions of Jean-Honoré Fragonard and François Boucher, and evoking the cavorting figures of Cupid or Eros, Cherubs combines the religious and the sensual, bringing divergent conceptions of taste and value into confrontation with one another.

Jeff Koons, Cherubs, 1991 © Jeff Koons. Photo: Rob McKeever