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Gazing Ball (da Vinci Mona Lisa), 2016
Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, glass
40 11/16 x 27 3/4 inches
Edition of 40

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Gazing Ball (Gauguin Delightful Land), 2017
Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, glass
42 5/16 x 33 15/16 inches
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Gazing Ball (Fragonard Girl with Dog), 2017
Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, glass
42 9/16 x 33 15/16 inches
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Gazing Ball (Goltzius Hercules and Cacus), 2017
Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, glass
52 13/16 x 37 5/16 inches
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Gazing Ball (Manet Olympia), 2017
Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, glass
35 7/16 x 48 5/8 inches
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Gazing Ball (Perugino Madonna and Child with Four Saints), 2017
Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, glass
43 3/4 x 33 15/16 inches
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Gazing Ball (Picasso Couple), 2017
Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, glass
42 5/8 x 33 15/16 inches
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Gazing Ball (Rubens Tiger Hunt), 2017
Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, glass
40 5/16 x 49 5/8 inches
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Gazing Ball (van Gogh Wheatfield with Cypresses), 2017
Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, glass
35 3/8 x 42 3/16 inches
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Gazing Ball (de Vos Europa), 2018
Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, glass
36 3/8 x 46 1/4 inches 
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Gazing Ball (Monet Water Lilies), 2018
Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, glass
38 1/2 x 37 7/8 inches
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Gazing Ball (Manet Luncheon on the Grass), 2019
Archival Pigment Print on Innova rag paper, glass
39 1/16 x 48 inches
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Gazing Ball (Klimt Kiss), 2019
Archival Pigment Print on Innova rag paper, glass
38 15/16 x 38 1/16 inches
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Installation of Gazing Ball (Perugino Madonna and Child With Four Saints)

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Installation of Gazing Ball (Fragonard Girl with Dog)

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Installation of Gazing Ball (Gauguin Delightful Land)

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Installation of Gazing Ball works

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Installation of Gazing Ball (de Vos Europa) with monoprints by Mel Bochner

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Gazing Ball (da Vinci Mona Lisa), 2016
Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, glass
40 11/16 x 27 3/4 inches
Edition of 40

Gazing Ball (Gauguin Delightful Land), 2017
Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, glass
42 5/16 x 33 15/16 inches
Edition of 20

Gazing Ball (Fragonard Girl with Dog), 2017
Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, glass
42 9/16 x 33 15/16 inches
Edition of 20

Gazing Ball (Goltzius Hercules and Cacus), 2017
Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, glass
52 13/16 x 37 5/16 inches
Edition of 20

Gazing Ball (Manet Olympia), 2017
Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, glass
35 7/16 x 48 5/8 inches
Edition of 20

Gazing Ball (Perugino Madonna and Child with Four Saints), 2017
Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, glass
43 3/4 x 33 15/16 inches
Edition of 20

Gazing Ball (Picasso Couple), 2017
Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, glass
42 5/8 x 33 15/16 inches
Edition of 20

Gazing Ball (Rubens Tiger Hunt), 2017
Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, glass
40 5/16 x 49 5/8 inches
Edition of 20

Gazing Ball (van Gogh Wheatfield with Cypresses), 2017
Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, glass
35 3/8 x 42 3/16 inches
Edition of 20

Gazing Ball (de Vos Europa), 2018
Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, glass
36 3/8 x 46 1/4 inches 
Edition of 20

 

Gazing Ball (Monet Water Lilies), 2018
Archival pigment print on Innova rag paper, glass
38 1/2 x 37 7/8 inches
Edition of 20

 

Gazing Ball (Manet Luncheon on the Grass), 2019
Archival Pigment Print on Innova rag paper, glass
39 1/16 x 48 inches
Edition of 20

Gazing Ball (Klimt Kiss), 2019
Archival Pigment Print on Innova rag paper, glass
38 15/16 x 38 1/16 inches
Edition of 20

Installation of Gazing Ball (Perugino Madonna and Child With Four Saints)

Installation of Gazing Ball (Fragonard Girl with Dog)

Installation of Gazing Ball (Gauguin Delightful Land)

Installation of Gazing Ball works

Installation of Gazing Ball works

Installation of Gazing Ball (de Vos Europa) with monoprints by Mel Bochner

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Gazing Ball

The Gazing Ball print series is a continuation of Jeff Koons' painting and sculpture series of the same name, in which the artist references masterpieces from art history paired with a highly reflective, cobalt blue gazing ball.

The Gazing Ball pieces trigger questions about the inherent dialogue between art works and their viewers in the most tangible way, as the viewers see themselves encapsulated within each work. Reflecting the onlookers’ physicality, Koons’s globes serve as portals, guiding viewers into these often misunderstood masterpieces, where art history meets contemporary pop culture, while never avoiding the viewer’s own visage in the engagement and experience of these famous pieces. For Koons, the act of viewing these pieces is as essential as their own objective histories, and while he cannot force a conversation face to face with each original simultaneously, the presentation here is an excellent start. 
- Art Observed December 2015

In conceiving the Gazing Ball print series, Koons imagined the prints’ reflective element as being perfectly flat and almost imperceptibly thin. To meet these criteria, he collaborated with the research lab at Corning, a 166-year-old company with unparalleled expertise in glass science and optical physics. The result, produced by the Corning Specialty Glass Plant in Bagneaux sur Loing, France, is a custom-poured, optically perfect, one-millimeter thick circle of mirrored cobalt blue glass.

Looking at the Gazing Ball works, the viewer sees oneself reflected in the mirrored surface at the same time as one sees the print. This juxtaposition of art historical reference with the viewer’s present-day reflection invites a dialogue about the meaning of time and how we transcend it. “This experience is about you,” says Koons, “your desires, your interests, your participation, your relationship with this image.” He says that the images he used—some of the most famous in art history—are not intended to represent the canon, but are rather “works that I enjoy... my cultural DNA.” He also points out that many of the artists referred to in the series have influenced one another: “Monet is always referencing Rubens... Manet is referencing Raphael... Everybody enjoyed Titian.”

The Gazing Ball print series raises important questions about the act of looking, reflection (actual and metaphorical), and the relationship between the pictures. This is “not about being a copy,” Koons says. “This is about this union, the concept of participating. Everybody’s in this dialogue of sharing enjoyment and pleasure.”

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