In this work, one of Jeff Koon’s series, Gazing Ball, a blue ball is set on the upper part of Farnese Hercules produced in the Roman Era. Initially made in 2014, this series presently expands its territory to classical painting. Koons sheds light on the relations between noted artworks reflected onto a blue ball and viewers by setting “a gazing ball” before stone statues or classical masterpieces art, which thereby stimulating interest and attracting participation.
Dubbed the “king of postmodern kitsch,” Jeff Koons is a leading American contemporary artist as well as an artist whose works are one of the most expensive ones among others of our time. He enlarges objects found in American popular culture or everyday life to a colossal scale in collaboration with his assistants at his factory-like studio, drawing attention by shattering our fixed notions on size and weight. Even though devalued as a kitsch artist anchored in “self-merchandising” by some critics, he is credited as an artist who has still had tremendous influence and secured commercial success.