Jeff Koons VIP opening reception at Gagosian Gallery Beverly Hills

BERKELEY BESPOKE had the pleasure to meet Jeff Koons at the Vip opening in Beverly Hills.
Los Angeles, April 2017

Gazing Ball (Farnese Hercules) by Jeff Koons

Travelling across the ocean to attend a VIP opening exhibition of the incredible Jeff Koons, what could be better than that?

Making use of conceptual constructs including the ancient, the every day, 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.

Jeff Koons at Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills
Koons is widely known for his iconic sculptures Rabbit and Balloon Dog as well as the monumental floral sculpture Puppy (1992), shown at Rockefeller Center and permanently installed at the Guggenheim Bilbao.
Another floral sculpture, Split-Rocker (2000), previously installed at the Papal Palace in Avignon, Château de Versailles, and Fondation Beyeler in Basel, was most recently on view at Rockefeller Center in 2014.
 
Jeff Koons exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills 

The Celebration sculptures—as well as later works that expand upon their visual dialogue—made with mirror-polished stainless steel in layers of transparent color coating, epitomize Koons’s ongoing fascination with childlike consciousness and communication.

Sacred Heart (Blue/Magenta) (1994–2007) magnifies the excitement of receiving a lavishly wrapped gift, and Balloon Rabbit (Magenta) (2005–10) transforms a balloon animal into a towering wonder of reflective curves. Mirror-polished voids swell to a giant scale, their converging twists and contours drawing the gaze into multiple vanishing points.

The sculptures conflate the readymade and the monumental, transforming humble objects into abstract symbols of transcendence and the biological, reflecting and affirming viewers and their environments.

 
The Celebration sculptures by Jeff Koons 
“I like to think that when you leave the room, the art leaves the room. Art is about your own possibilities as a human being. It’s about your own excitement, your own potential, and what you can become. It affirms your existence.”
—Jeff Koons

Gazing Ball (David Intervention of the Sabine Women) by Jeff Koons

Arina Sprynz and Jeff Koons 

 

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