Google has teamed up with artist Jeff Koons to make a series of Nexus phone cases featuring his recent sculptures. There are three cases in total — all considered to be a “limited edition” — with each featuring one piece from Koons’ “Gazing Ball” series. Discover all about this amazing collection with Design Limited Edition!
Koons, who’s best known for his shiny balloon dog sculptures, is among today’s most successful artists, but his work has been criticized in some circles.
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Jeff Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania in 1955. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1976. Koons lives and works in New York City.
New York Mag has more on Koons’ work and the response to it in a 2013 article, from when the “Gazing Ball” series was about to debut. Some of that criticism has been around his work with kitsch, commodified objects; making a phone case seems to play into that in basically every good and bad sense.
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The three Koons cases will be available in the US today for $40 each, with sizes for both the Nexus 5X and 6P.
Like Google’s other Live Cases, they add an additional button onto the phone using NFC, but you have to press pretty hard to get it to work.
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