Jeff Koons

Biography

Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania on January 21, 1955. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Koons' early work was in the form of conceptual sculpture, an example of which is Three Ball 50/50 Tank (1985), consisting of three basket balls floating in distilled water that half-fills the glass tank. Koons then moved to Statuary, the large stainless-steel blowups of toys, followed by the Banality series that culminated in 1988 with Michael Jackson and Bubbles, a life-sized gold-leaf plated statue of the singer cuddling Bubbles, his pet chimpanzee. In 1992, Koons was commissioned to create a piece for an art exhibition in Germany. The result was Puppy, a forty-three foot tall topiary sculpture of a West Highland Terrier puppy constructed in a variety of flowers on a steel substructure. Koons glorifies mass consumer products within a Pop mindset. By opting to work with the vocabulary of popular culture, Koons hoped to reach a mass audience.

Koons work has been exhibited internationally and is included in numerous public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Tate Gallery in London. Most recently his "Balloon Dog" was shown on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2008.

Jeff Koons currently lives and works in New York.