August 7, 2017
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles honored Jeff Koons and his contributions to the artistic community in LA at their 2017 Gala earlier this year. For the occasion they created a video that circumscribes a wide-range of Koons's artwork, describing and detailing crucial themes that have appeared throughout his practice; from celebrity to celebration; from Pop to appropriation.
Some of the work shown in the video, such as Gazing Ball (Farnese Hercules) (2013), are currently on view at the exhibition Jeff Koons at Gagosian Beverly Hills, which brings together three recent series: Celebration, Gazing Ball, and Antiquity. All three bodies of work engage the reflective surface in different ways. In regards to this presence of the reflective, Koons has remarked, “I've always thought these works, especially the Gazing Ball and the Antiquity pieces, are playing with metaphysics because in the reflective, you have the right here, right now. It's affirming you, it's affirming any movement you may make, everything's dependent on you. But at the same time, it's reflecting a historical object or a painting. All of these things play with the idea of the past and present and you have a sense of the future through your own potential.”
Artworks © Jeff Koons
Written and directed by Oscar Boyson; produced by Ways & Means; narrated by Scarlett Johansson
Jeff Koons is on view at the Gagosian Beverly Hills through Friday, August 18, 2017.