When Jeff Koons meets Louis Vuitton: Luxury Pop Art handbags

Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM bags from the new LV X Koons collection, designed in collaboration with Jeff Koons.

Pop Art is a reaction against a reaction. After centuries of depicting nature, nudes and important figures, postwar artists freed themselves and made paintings about paint itself. Pop Art returned to depicting subjects, only this time modern, ordinary objects like a soup can, a target, a flag. Jeff Koons marries these two traditions — the art of the past and everyday objects (in this case, luxury handbags and accessories) — in his new LV X Koons collection in collaboration with Louis Vuitton.

His inspiration was the thread that connects artists over time. “One could see that an artist like Manet was able to become Manet through an awareness of Titian, Velázquez, Watteau and Goya,” Koons said. “This sense of connectivity was a really beautiful thing. It shows how one is able to find interest in something greater than the self.”

No doubt these bags will spark interest — and a reaction.

LV X Koons collection $585-$4,000. Neverfull MM bags shown $3,200. Louis Vuitton at Miami Design District, 140 Northeast 39th Street, Miami; 305-573-1366; us.louisvuitton.com.

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