Jeff Koons: Gazing Ball
David Zwirner is pleased to present Gazing Ball, the gallery's inaugural exhibition with Jeff Koons. On view at 525 and 533 West 19th Street, this major show of sculptures marks the world debut of a new series by the artist. It is his first New York gallery solo exhibition of new work in a decade, and the first solo presentation of his work in the city since On the Roof at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2008.
Gazing Ball takes its name from the mirrored spherical ornaments frequently found on lawns, gardens, and patios around Koons's childhood home in Pennsylvania. Their unique visual qualities allow viewers to see around corners while absorbing them and their entire surroundings within one image. Koons has made use of highly reflective curved surfaces in his sculptures from the mid-1980s onwards, and the gazing balls can be seen to echo the consummate attention to detail and materiality found throughout his oeuvre.
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Created in collaboration with Koons, this publication echoes the design of a 1970 Picasso catalogue the artist admires. “While all of the sculptures are grounded in their own distinct narratives . . .” Francesco Bonami writes in his text, “the . . . gazing ball establishes that sense of uncertain equilibrium that exists between history and fantasy, magic and materiality, mass culture and exclusive beauty.” Published by David Zwirner Books.