Couple (Dots) Landscape

About 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 Dog” 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 Dada 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 pseudo-Baroque 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.

American, b. 1955, York, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Jeff Koons, Almine Rech, London
2015
Jeff Koons: Gazing Ball Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, New York
2014
Jeff Koons: Hulk, Belvedere Museum, Vienna
2014
Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2014
Jeff Koons: Split-Rocker, Public Art Fund

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Jeff Koons, Almine Rech, London
2015
Jeff Koons: Gazing Ball Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, New York
2014
Jeff Koons: Hulk, Belvedere Museum, Vienna
2014
Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2014
Jeff Koons: Split-Rocker, Public Art Fund
2013
Jeff Koons: New Paintings and Sculpture, Gagosian Gallery, New York
2012
Jeff Koons, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Desire, Gagosian Gallery, Miami
2016
Reflections, Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York
2016
Sculpture on the Move 1946–2016, Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel
2016
The Natural Order of Things, Museo Jumex, Mexico City
2016
Cecily Brown, Jeff Koons, Charles Ray, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
2015
The Inaugural Installation, The Broad, Los Angeles
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