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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.

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.

Jeff Koons

The Bigger Picture
Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons speaks with Alison McDonald and Maura Harty about his longstanding commitment to protecting the rights of children.

Jeff Koons Glenn Fuhrman

In Conversation
Jeff Koons Glenn Fuhrman

The FLAG Art Foundation hosted a conversation between Jeff Koons and FLAG founder Glenn Fuhrman, in which the two discuss the dichotomy between sexuality and childhood innocence in Koons’s oeuvre, remaking Made in Heaven with Lady Gaga, what drives Koons to make more work, and several works including Cat on a Clothesline (1994–2001) and Winter Bears (1988).

The Last 36 Hours

The Last 36 Hours

Derek Blasberg speaks with Scott Rothkopf, a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, about the last thirty-six hours of the Jeff Koons retrospective, which also marked the end of the museum’s tenure in uptown Manhattan.

Split-Rocker: A Landscaping Perspective

Split-Rocker: A Landscaping Perspective

Jeff Koons’s flowering sculpture Split-Rocker, at once imposing and adorable, has cast a spell on New York City’s Rockefeller Center. Derek Blasberg interviews Matt Donham, Koons’s landscape designer on the project, to find out more.