Detail of a plaster and glass sculpture by Jeff Koons, titled Gazing Ball (Ariadne), dated 2013.

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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Jeff Koons: Gazing Ball

Hailed by Peter Schjeldahl in The New Yorker as “the most original, controversial, and expensive American artist of the past three and a half decades,” Jeff Koons has come to reign as a master of the  

Artist: Jeff Koons

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.

Installation view of the exhibition Jeff Koons: Gazing Ball, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2013.
Installation view of the exhibition Jeff Koons: Gazing Ball, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2013.
Installation view of the exhibition Jeff Koons: Gazing Ball, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2013.
Installation view of the exhibition Jeff Koons: Gazing Ball, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2013.
A plaster and glass sculpture by Jeff Koons, titled Gazing Ball (Snowman), dated 2013.

Jeff Koons

Gazing Ball (Snowman), 2013
Plaster and glass
90 3/16 x 55 15/16 x 44 7/16 inches (229.1 x 142.1 x 112.9 cm) Pedestal: 10 x 49 5/8 x 50 1/8 inches (25.4 x 126.1 x 127.3 cm)
A plaster and glass sculpture by Jeff Koons, titled Gazing Ball (Diana), dated 2013.

Jeff Koons

Gazing Ball (Diana), 2013
Plaster and glass
68 7/8 x 31 3/4 x 40 3/8 inches (174.9 x 80.6 x 102.6 cm) Pedestal: 8 x 35 x 31 inches (20.3 x 88.9 x 78.7 cm)

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