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Jeff Koons

May 30–August 24, 2018
976 Madison Avenue, New York

Installation video

Installation video

Installation view Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel

Installation view

Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel

Installation view Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel

Installation view

Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel

Installation view Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel

Installation view

Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel

Installation view Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel

Installation view

Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel

Installation view Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel

Installation view

Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel

Installation view Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel

Installation view

Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel

Installation view Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel

Installation view

Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel

Installation view Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel

Installation view

Artwork © Jeff Koons. Photo: Tom Powel

Works Exhibited

Jeff Koons, Gazing Ball (Poussin The Triumph of Pan), 2015–16 Oil on canvas, glass, and aluminum, 63 ½ × 68 ¼ × 14 ¾ inches (161.3 × 173.4 × 37.5 cm)© Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons, Gazing Ball (Poussin The Triumph of Pan), 2015–16

Oil on canvas, glass, and aluminum, 63 ½ × 68 ¼ × 14 ¾ inches (161.3 × 173.4 × 37.5 cm)
© Jeff Koons

About

I think art teaches us how to feel, and what our parameters can be. It makes us more engaged with life.
—Jeff Koons

Gagosian is pleased to present recent works by Jeff Koons from the Gazing Ball series.

Making use of conceptual constructs including the ancient, the everyday, and the sublime, Koons creates luxurious icons and elaborate tableaux, which, beneath their captivating exteriors, engage the viewer in a metaphysical dialogue with cultural history.

With the Gazing Ball series, Koons draws attention to the continuity of images as they pass through time. In each work, a blue mirrored, hand-blown glass gazing ball—a convention from eighteenth-century garden design—is affixed to a replica of a famous painting or sculpture, adding a layer of sensory experience to familiar masterpieces. Installed within these art historical milestones, the gazing ball reflects its surroundings, uniting painting, sculpture, and architecture.

Included in this exhibition are seven Gazing Ball paintings, ranging from mythical and pastoral scenes by Jacques-Louis David, Hendrick Goltzius, Nicolas Poussin, and Tintoretto to a self-portrait by Rembrandt and a stark depiction of a dead fox in the snow by Gustave Courbet. Koons captures the artists’ variations in style, technique, and subject matter, offering a glimpse into the past, while the gleaming orbs locate the viewer in the immediate present. In the only Gazing Ball sculpture in the show, the blue sphere is placed atop a copy of Marcel Duchamp’s Bottle Rack (1914), raising questions about the definition of the readymade, as well as its relevance within Koons’s larger oeuvre.

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From the Quarterly

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

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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.