Prints by Jeff Koons

Prints by Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons plays with ideas of taste, pleasure, celebrity, and commerce. “I believe in advertisement and media completely,” he says. “My art and my personal life are based in it.” Working with seductive commercial materials (such as the high chromium stainless steel of his Balloon sculptures or his vinyl “Inflatables”, shifts of scale, and an elaborate studio system involving many technicians, Koons turns banal objects into high art icons. His paintings and sculptures borrow widely from art-historical techniques and styles; although often seen as ironic or tongue-in-cheek, Koons insists his practice is earnest and optimistic. “I’ve always loved Surrealism and Pop, so I just follow my interests and focus on them,” he says. “When you do that, things become very metaphysical.” The “Banality” series that brought him fame in the 1980s included  sculptures of subjects like Michael Jackson with his pet ape, while his monumental topiaries, like the floral Puppy (1992), reference 17th-century French garden design.

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.

Since his first solo exhibition in 1980, Koons’s work has been shown in major galleries and institutions throughout the world. His Celebration sculptures were the subject of exhibitions on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Château de Versailles opened its doors to a living artist for the first time with Jeff Koons: Versailles, where a selection of his work were presented within the Grand Apartments. The Whitney Museum of American Art presented the most comprehensive survey of Koons’s career to date in 2014, Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (June 27 through October 19, 2014). This exhibition went on tour and was on view at the Pompidou Centre Paris (November 26, 2014 through April 27, 2015), and will travel on to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (June 9 through September 27, 2015).

Koons earned renown for his public sculptures, such as the monumental floral sculpture Puppy (1992), shown at Rockefeller Center and permanently installed at the Guggenheim Bilbao. Another floral sculpture, Split-Rocker (2000), previously installed at the Papal Palace in Avignon, Château de Versailles, and Fondation Beyeler Basel, was most recently on view at Rockefeller Center in 2014.

Jeff Koons has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his cultural achievements. Notably, Koons received the Governor’s Awards for the Arts “Distinguished Arts Award” from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; the “Golden Plate Award” from the Academy of Achievement; President Jacques Chirac promoted Koons to Officier de la Legion d’Honneur; and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton honored Koons with the State Department’s Medal of the Arts for his outstanding commitment to the Art in Embassies Program and international cultural exchange. Koons has been a board member of The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) since 2002, and co-founded the Koons Family International Law and Policy Institute with ICMEC; for the purpose of combating global issues of child abduction and exploitation and to protect the world’s children.

ARTWORK

Untitled (Antiquity Drawing) by Jeff Koons
Untitled (Antiquity Drawing) by Jeff Koons
Untitled (Antiquity Drawing) by Jeff Koons
2012
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Donkey by Jeff Koons
Donkey by Jeff Koons
1999
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Pink Bow by Jeff Koons
Pink Bow by Jeff Koons
2013
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Luxury and Degradation by Jeff Koons
Luxury and Degradation by Jeff Koons
1986
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Art Magazine Ads by Jeff Koons
Art Magazine Ads by Jeff Koons
2007
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Cut Out by Jeff Koons
Cut Out by Jeff Koons
2000
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Girl With Lobster by Jeff Koons
Girl With Lobster by Jeff Koons
2014
Puppy by Jeff Koons
Puppy by Jeff Koons
Puppy by Jeff Koons
1998
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Girl With Dolphin and Monkey by Jeff Koons
Girl With Dolphin and Monkey by Jeff Koons
2014
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Luxury and Degradation II by Jeff Koons
Luxury and Degradation II by Jeff Koons
1986
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Vase of Flowers by Jeff Koons
Vase of Flowers by Jeff Koons
2001
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Puppy John Kaldor 40th Anniversary by Jeff Koons
Puppy John Kaldor 40th Anniversary by Jeff Koons
2009
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Stacked by Jeff Koons
Stacked by Jeff Koons
2003
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Untitled Portfolio by Jeff Koons
Untitled Portfolio by Jeff Koons
1995
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Untitled (Waterfall Drawing) by Jeff Koons
Untitled (Waterfall Drawing) by Jeff Koons
2008
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Dolphin Saddle by Jeff Koons
Dolphin Saddle by Jeff Koons
2009
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Fun by Jeff Koons
Fun by Jeff Koons
1998