Jeff Koons @ Almine Rech

There is something oddly appealing about the current display of Jeff Koons new work at Almine Rech on Grosvenor Hill. The exhibition comprises of two sculptures, some ready mades and the beguiling ‘Gazing Ball’ series.

The Gazing Ball works are made up of 50 images, although just a select handful are on display in London. They comprise paintings that Koons believes have had such a significant effect on him that they have ‘transformed his DNA.’ On top of these reconstructions, Koons has added a single blue glass ball. This shining orb reminds me of a crystal ball. However, the artist believes that the ball, which allows the viewer to see their reflection inside of it, unites the spectator to engage with the work as they can see themselves in it.

The mysterious mirrored spheres have been placed into the landscapes of Titian and Tintoretto as well as among scenes by Jacques-Louis David, Giotto and Poussin. It seems utterly ridiculous to have something so shiny adorning the work of the Old Masters however, for me at least, it seems to work as it forces you to work out exactly why two seemingly very different genres have been married together.

Also on display in the new gallery are two larger than life ballerinas. These glass beauties are also mirrored and provide an interesting contrast to the old masters they seem to be dancing for.

This show allows the viewer to see the Old Masters in a new light and is also a refreshing new take on Koons’ oeuvre.

Jeff Koons is on display at Almine Rech until 21 January 2017

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier is a London-based writer and curator. She is the founder of Gallery Girl - a London-based curatorial platform and website dedicated to modern and contemporary art from across the globe. Her work is primarily focused on supporting emerging female artists from the Middle East and the Caucasus. She has written for Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, Suitcase and Vice Arabia among other publications. Her exhibitions in London and Armenia have been featured in Vogue Arabia, The Art Newspaper, The Art Gorgeous and numerous other news outlets. Gallery Girl has also spoken in the UK, UAE and Belgium about the contemporary art scene in the MENA region, and is planning further events in London and Amman.

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