On view through January 9, 2010 at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills, Jeff Koons: New Paintings challenges viewers to confront preconceived notions and look beyond abstraction. Stepping out of the realm of his kitschy sculptural interpretations of everyday objects – balloon animals and vacuums – the paintings ignite a dialogue between a fascination with wanton desire and the tradition of figurative and nude paintings. In the technical style of Roy Lichtenstein, Koons uses photorealism to create initially indiscernible subjects. At first glance, one might dismiss these works as a bunch of colorful dots and haphazard brushstrokes. Up close, the dots look like a myriad of catastrophic collisions. Using circular shapes the size of spare change – shades of turquoise, yellow, and pink overlap to create cobalt blue, green and black – they come together to reveal female forms layered with brash brushstrokes of silver, brown, mustard, and blue. Evoking pointillism, the large-scale paintings look like a modern take on Seurat’s Un dimanche après-midi à l’Île de la Grande Jatte (1884-6). Many divulging an erotic content, the works are captivating to analyze as some may leave you with a perplexed gaze.
Gagosian Gallery, 456 North Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210