Jeff Koons, Klimt Kiss Gazing Ball, 2019

Artist: Jeff Koons (1955 - )
Title:Klimt Kiss Gazing Ball, 2019
Medium:Mixed Media
Sheet:38 in x 35 in (96.5 cm x 88.9 cm)
Framed:38 15/16 in x 38 1/16 in (98.9 cm x 96.7 cm)
Edition:Numbered from the edition of 20 in pencil in the lower left margin.
Signature:This work is hand-signed by Jeff Koons (York, Pennsylvania, 1955 - ) in pencil in the lower right margin.
Condition:The work is in new condition.
ID #w-6688
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Historical Description

Jeff Koons Klimt Kiss Gazing Ball, 2019 is a modern take on Gustav Klimt’s renowned “The Kiss”. Koons’ version reinvigorates the legacy of another great artist in history; he utilizes the same composition as the original artwork with two central figures engaging in a gentle embrace in the center of the composition. The archival pigment print mimics the ornate, decorative style associated with Klimt’s work. However, Koons appropriation is, as he notes, “not about being a copy, this is about this union, the concept of participating.” He transforms the original painting into an explicitly postmodern work by placing a signature reflective blue “gazing ball” in the center of the lower hemisphere of his reproduction. The reflection of the viewer in this work engages the viewer and quite literally takes them into the work itself. Instead of gazing upon the intimacy of the moment that Klimt created, Koons’ audiences gaze upon themselves and are left to ponder their role as a viewer. Koons himself notes that the gazing balls “[represent] the vastness of the universe and at the same time the intimacy of right here, right now.”

Created in 2019, this archival Pigment Print on Innova rag paper with glass is hand-signed by Jeff Koons (York, Pennsylvania, 1955 - ) on recto and numbered from the edition of 20.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Jeff Koons Klimt Kiss Gazing Ball, 2019 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).

  1. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Jeff Koons Klimt Kiss Gazing Ball, 2019 is presented in a complementary moulding.

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