On View: Louis Vuitton x Jeff Koons

On View: Louis Vuitton x Jeff Koons

Louis Vuitton and Jeff Koons have collaborated on a series of luxury handbags, paying homage to some of the most iconic artwork in history.

Louis Vuitton and Jeff Koons have collaborated on a series of luxury handbags, paying homage to some of the most iconic artwork in history.

Photography: Therese Aldgard

Text: Devin Barrett

This article appears in the pages of V110, on newsstands now.

Jeff Koons and Louis Vuitton’s first round of wearable artworks, dubbed the Masters Collection, was unveiled in the spring. For the pieces, the artist referenced his controversial Gazing Ball paintings. Known for their glistening blue reflective spheres and precise reproductions of masterpieces, Koons’s works and the LV bags they inspired are a thoroughly modern riff on some of the most important moments in art history. In this latest variation of Koons-tweaked Vuitton bags, the gazing ball theme is utilized yet again, appearing in the reflective type treatment. And while the first release for the Masters Collection featured paintings by the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, and Fragonard, the second chapter of the highbrow collaboration is splashed with the works of Boucher, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Poussin, and Turner. Take a selfie with your own Monet! Or, perhaps, a spin around the Metropolitan Museum of Art with your own Gauguin—how meta! Indeed, the second iteration of Masters is a rare opportunity to own (and wear) Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass or Boucher’s Reclining Girl. And as pictured here, Turner’s Ancient Rome gets framed for the 21st century. According to Koons, the piece “is one of the most seductive, joyous images that I know of.”

LOUIS VUITTON MASTERS, A COLLABORATION WITH JEFF KOONS TURNER NEONOE BAG ($2,700, AVAILABLE AT SELECT LOUIS VUITTON STORES)

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