Louis Vuitton has a long list of artist collaborations up its sleeve. The most popular is probably the polka-dotted collection made in collaboration with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. The new entry on the list is Jeff Koons, the American contemporary artist best known for reproducing banal objects – think baloon animals. One of Koons’ biggest influences in his pop culture-related works is Andy Warhol.
The collaboration revolves around Koons’ Gazing Ball painting series. The series reimagines iconic works by the Old Masters – da Vinci, Titian, Rubens, Fragonard and Van Gogh – with a tongue-in-cheek attitude in the form of a blue ball (thus the name “gazing ball”) added to the paintings.
The reimagination, including da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Van Gogh’s Wheat Field with Cypresses, appears on Louis Vuitton’s signature styles – the Speedy, the Keepall and the Neverfull.
The collection launches on April 28, and is the first chapter of the collaboration. According to Louis Vuitton’s press notes, “further chapters will be announced in an ongoing project that celebrates the possibilities of connection through the history of art.”
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