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  Jeff Koons Biography

Jeff Koons Biography

born York, PA (USA) 1955

Born in 1955 in Pennsylvania, Jeff Koons is one of the world's most widely recognized artists. Koons's earliest works from the late 1970's were mass-produced inflatable flowers and toys placed carefully on mirrors.

His focus on the selection, production, and display of commercial products continued in the 1980's. Sculptures and photographs completed by Koons during this time explored contemporary American iconography and the relationship between popular kitsch and high art.

His work has been the subject of many exhibitions both in the United States and Europe, including major museum retrospectives organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1992) and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1992), and solo exhibitions at the Sonnabend Gallery, New York (1999) and the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain (1997).

Jeff Koons's Puppy was exhibited in the U.S. for the first time at New York City's Rockefeller Center. Rising 43 feet from its paws to its ears, the sculpture was formed from a series of stainless steel armatures constructed to hold over 25 tons of soil watered by an internal irrigation system. Over 70,000 multi-hued flowering plants grew from this steel and soil structure, including Marigolds, Begonias, Impatiens, Petunias, and Lobelias. First created in 1992 for a temporary exhibition in the German city of Arolson, Puppy--a symbol, according to Koons, of "love, warmth and happiness"--was a contemporary artwork that captured Koons's sculptural imagination, horticultural dexterity, and engineering skill.

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  • 1983 - Science Fiction John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1983 - Objects, Structures, Artifices University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
  • 1983 - Hundreds of Drawings Artist's Space, New York, NY
  • 1984 - The New Capital White Columns, New York, NY
  • 1984 - Objectivity Hallwalls, Buffalo, New York, NY
  • 1984 - Light Moving Kamikaze, New York, NY
  • 1984 - A Decade of New Art Artist's Space, New York, NY
  • 1984 - PopSpirtual America, New York, NY
  • 1984 - New Sculpture School 33, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1985 - Cult and Decorum Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1985 - Post Production Feature, Chicago, IL
  • 1985 - Group Show 303 Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1985 - New Ground Luhring, Augustine & Hodes Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1985 - Affiliations: Recent Sculpture and its Antecedents Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Stamford, CT
  • 1985 - Group Show International With Monument Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1985 - LogosimuliDaniel Newburg Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1985 - ParavisionPostmasters, New York, NY
  • 1985 - Objects in Collision The Kitchen, New York, NY
  • 1985 - Signs II Michael Klein Inc., New York, NY
  • 1985 - Galerie Crousel-Hussenot, Paris
  • 1985 - EquilibriumInternational With Monument Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1985 - Feature Gallery, Chicago
  • 1986 - Luxury and Degradation Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 1986 - International With Monument Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1986 - Group Show Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne
  • 1986 - Endgame: Reference and Simulation in Recent Painting and Sculpture Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Mass.
  • 1986 - Prospect 86 Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt
  • 1986 - A Brokerage of Desire Otis / Parsons Exhibition Center, Los Angeles,CA
  • 1986 - The Drawing Show Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1986 - Modern Objects, A New Dawn Baskerville & Watson, New York, NY
  • 1986 - New Sculpture Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, IL
  • 1986 - Spirtual America CEPA Galleries, Buffalo, New York, NY
  • 1986 - Time After Time Diane Brown, New York, NY
  • 1986 - Objects from the Modern World Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles,CA
  • 1986 - Group Show Jay Gorney Modern Art, New York, NY
  • 1986 - Admired Work John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1986 - Damaged Goods The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
  • 1986 - Paravision Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles,CA; Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1986 - Group Show Sonnabend Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1987 - Collection Sonnabend Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid;CAPC, Bordeaux
  • 1987 - NY Art Now The Saatchi Collection, London
  • 1987 - Post-Abstract Abstraction The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
  • 1987 - Avant-Garde in the Eighties Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles,CA
  • 1987 - Les Courtiers du Desir Galeries Contemporaines, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
  • 1987 - 1987 Whitney Biennial Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  • 1987 - This is Not a Photograph: 20 Years of Large Scale Photography The John and Marble Ringling Museum of Art, Saratosa, FL
  • 1987 - True Pictures John Good Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1987 - Romance Knight Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1987 - The New: Encased Works 1981-1986 Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 1988 - Jeff Koons: Works 1979-1988 Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
  • 1988 - BanalityGalerie Max Hetzler, Cologne; Sonnabend Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1988 - Three Decades: The Oliver-Hoffman Collection The Museum of Contemporary Arts, Chicago, IL
  • 1988 - The Carnegie International The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1988 - Hybrid Neutral: Modes of Abstraction and the Social The University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, TX
  • 1988 - L'Objet de L'Exposition Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris
  • 1988 - Collection Pour Une Region CAPC, Musee d'Art Contemporain, Bordeaux
  • 1988 - Artschwager: His Peers and Persuasion, 1963 -1988 Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles,CA
  • 1988 - Sculpture Parallels Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1988 - Schlaf der Vernuft Museum Fridericianum, Kassel
  • 1988 - Cultural Geometry Dakis Joannou, Athens
  • 1988 - Redefining the Object University Art Galleries, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
  • 1988 - Altered States Kent Fine Art Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1988 - A "Drawing" Show Cable Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1988 - Art at the End of the Social Rooseum Gasverksgaten, Malmo
  • 1988 - Nancy Spero: Works Since 1950 and Jeff Koons Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
  • 1988 - Works - Concepts - Processes - Situations - Information Austellungsram Hans Mayer, Dusseldorf
  • 1988 - New Works Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles,CA
  • 1988 - The BiNational Institute of Contemporary Arts, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • 1989 - Image World Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  • 1989 - D&S Ausstellung Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg
  • 1989 - Mit dem Fernrohr durch die Kunstgeschichte Kunsthalle Basel, Basel
  • 1989 - Psychological Abstraction Deste Foundation, Athens
  • 1989 - The Silent Baroque Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
  • 1989 - A Forest of Signs: Art in the Crisis of Representation Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles,CA
  • 1989 - 1989 Whitney Biennial Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  • 1989 - Conspicuous Display Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey
  • 1989 - Suburban Home Life: Tracking the American Dream Whitney Museum of American Art Downtown at Federal Reserve Plaza, New York, NY
  • 1989 - Jeff Koons-Nieuw Werk Galerie 'T Venster, Rotterdamse Kunststichting, Rotterdam
  • 1990 - Culture and Commentary: An Eighties Perspective Hirshhorn Museum and Scuplture Garden, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • 1990 - Art = Money? The Gallery, New York, NY, New York, NY
  • 1990 - Weitersehen (1980 -1990) Museum Haus Lange and Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld
  • 1990 - Group Show Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne
  • 1990 - The Charade of Mastery Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown at Federal Reserve Plaza, New York, NY
  • 1990 - VertigoGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
  • 1990 - EinladungGalerie Carola Mosch, Berlin
  • 1990 - The Transformation of the Object Grazer Kunstverein, Graz
  • 1990 - High & Low: Modern Art and Popular CultureThe Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • 1990 - The Last Decade: American Artists of the 80s Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1990 - Jardins de Bagatelle Galerie Tanit, Munich
  • 1990 - Life-Size: A Sense of the Real in Recent Art The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • 1990 - Pharmakon '90 Mukuhari Messe Contemporary Art Exhibition, Tokyo
  • 1990 - Artificial Nature Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens
  • 1990 - Aperto: Venice Biennale Venice, Italy
  • 1990 - The 8th Biennale of Sydney Sydney
  • 1990 - OBJECTives: The New Sculpture Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach,CA
  • 1990 - New Work: A New Generation San Francisco Art Museum, San Francisco,CA
  • 1990 - The Indomitable Spirit International Center of Photography at Midtown, New York, NY
  • 1990 - Prints and Multiples Luhring, Augustine and Hetzler, Santa Monica,CA
  • 1990 - Horn of Plenty Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • 1990 - Editionen von Jeff Koons Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
  • 1990 - The Last Laugh Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1990 - Work as Image in American Art: 1960-1990 Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee,, WI
  • 1990 - Culture and Commentary Hirschorn Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • 1991 - Quindicesima Biennale Internazionale del Bronzetto Piccola Scultura Palazzo della Ragione, Padova
  • 1991 - Group Show American Fine Arts, Co., New York, NY
  • 1991 - Group Show Luhring-Augustine-Hetzler, Santa Monica,CA
  • 1991 - Objects for the Ideal Home: The Legacy of Pop Art Serpentine Gallery, London
  • 1991 - Group Show Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1991 - Power: Its Myths, Icons, and Structures in American Culture, 1961- 1991 Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
  • 1991 - Vertigo: "The Remake" Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
  • 1991 - La Sculpture Contemporaine apres 1970 Fondation Daniel Templon, Musee Temporaire, Frejus
  • 1991 - MetropolisMartin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
  • 1991 - Gulliver's Travels Galerie Sophia Ungers, Cologne
  • 1991 - Word as Image Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
  • 1991 - A Duke Student Collects: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Jason Rubell Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC
  • 1991 - Toward a New Museum: Recent Acquisitions in Painting and Sculpture, 1985 - 91 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco,CA
  • 1991 - Who Framed Modern Art or the Quantitative Life of Roger Rabbit Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1991 - Devil on the Stairs: Looking Back on the Eighties Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1991 - Made in Heaven Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne; Sonnabend Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1991 - Galerie Lehmann, Lausanne
  • 1991 - Christophe Van de Weghe, Antwerp
  • 1992 - Jeff Koons Retrospective San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco,CA
  • 1992 - Jeff Koons Retrospective Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • 1992 - Made In Heaven Galerie Lehmann, Lausanne
  • 1992 - Made In Heaven Christophe Van de Weghe, Brussels
  • 1992 - Strange Developments Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London
  • 1992 - Made For Arolsen Schloss Arolsen, Arolsen
  • 1992 - Post Human Musee D'art Contmeporain Pully, Lausanne; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
  • 1992 - Group Show,Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne
  • 1992 - Selected Works From The Early Eighties Kunstraum Daxler, Munich
  • 1992 - Doubletake: Collective Memory & Current Art Hayward Gallery, London
  • 1993 - The Return of the Cadavre Exquis The Drawing Center, New York, NY
  • 1993 - Anniversary Exhibition, Part III Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Santa Monica,CA
  • 1993 - American Art in the Twentieth Century Royal Academy of Arts, London
  • 1993 - Drawing the Line Against AIDS AmFAR International, The Peggy Guggenheim Collection at the 45th Venice Biennial
  • 1993 - Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol Anthony D'Offay Gallery, London
  • 1993 - Amerikanische Kunst im 20. Jahrhunndert Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
  • 1993 - 1982-83: Ten Years After Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1993 - Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Gerhard Merz, Albert Oehlen, Thomas Struth Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne
  • 1993 - The Elusive Object Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Stamford, CT
  • 1993 - Zeitsprunge: Kunstlerische Positionen der 80er Jahre Wilhelm - Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein
  • 1993 - Photoplay: Works from the Chase Manhattan Collection Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, FL
  • 1993 - Jeff Koons Retrospective Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1993 - Jeff Koons Retrospective Aarhus
  • 1993 - Jeff Koons Retrospective Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart
  • 1994 - Jeff Koons: A Survey 1981-1994 Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London
  • 1994 - Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American ArtWhitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  • 1994 - Tuning Up Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
  • 1994 - Face Off: The Portrait in Recent Art Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1994 - SpielverderberForum Stadtpark Graz, Graz
  • 1994 - Ou les oiseaux selon Schopenhauer Musee des Beaux-Arts d'Agen
  • 1994 - Head and Shoulders Brooke Alexander, New York, NY
  • 1995 - From Christo and Jean Claude to Jeff Koons: John Kaldor Art Projects and CollectionMuseum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
  • 1995 - Jeff Koons / Roy Lichtenstein The Eli Broad Family Foundation, Santa Monica
  • 1995 - Group Show Organized by Jeff Koons, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1995 - Whitney Museum of American Art New York; Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, UCLA, Los Angeles,CA
  • 1995 - A Collection Sculptures Caldic Collection, Rotterdam
  • 1995 - Kunsthaus, Zurich, Zurich; Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Galicia
  • 1995 - A Benefit Exhibition for D.E.A.F., Inc.Organized by Jeff Koons, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY,
  • 1995 - Going for Baroque The Contemporary and the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1995 - Die Musee Thaddeaus Ropac Gallery, Salzburg
  • 1995 - Unser Jahrhundert Museum Ludwig, Cologne
  • 1995 - 45 Nord & Longitude 0Capc Musee d'art Contemporain de Bordeaux
  • 1995 - Florine Stettheimer Collapsed Time Salon Jeffrey Deitch, The Gramercy International Art Fair, New York, NY
  • 1995 - PuppyMuseum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
  • 1996 - Art at Home - Ideal Standard Life Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan; Gallery Soemi, Seoul
  • 1996 - a/drift Curated by Joshua Decter, Center for Curatorial Studies Museum, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, NY
  • 1996 - Playpen & Corpus Delirium Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich
  • 1996 - Art at the End of the 20th Century. Selections from the Whitney Museum of American ArtNational Gallery, Alexander Soutzos Museum, Athens
  • 1996 - Contemporary Art 1960-1995: Selections from the Permanent CollectionThe San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco,CA
  • 1996 - Everything That's Interesting Is New: The Dakis Joannou Collection Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens
  • 1996 - The Human Body in Contemporary American Sculpture Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1996 - Inaugural opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art MoCA, Los Angeles,CA
  • 1997 - HospitalGalerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
  • 1997 - Group Show The Eli Broad Family Foundation, Santa Monica
  • 1997 - Kunst. Arbeit Sudwest LB Forum, Stuttgart
  • 1997 - Dramatically Different Centre National D'Art Contemporain de Grenoble, Genoble
  • 1997 - A House is not a Home Center for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam
  • 1997 - On the Edge: Contemporary Art from the Werner and Elaine Dannheisser Collection The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • 1997 - Envisioning the Contemporary: Selections from the Permanent Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
  • 1997 - Futuro Presente Passato: La Biennale di Venezia Venice, Italy
  • 1997 - Objects of Desire: The Modern Still Life The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • 1997 - Autoportraits Galerie Municipale du Chateau d'Eau, Toulouse
  • 1997 - Family Values: American Art in the Eighties and Nineties The Scharpff Collection at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
  • 1997 - Belladonna Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
  • 1997 - It's Only Rock and Roll: Rock and Roll Currents in Contemporary Art Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1998 - Jeff Koons: Encased Works Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London
  • 1998 - Skarstedt Fine Art, New York, NY
  • 1998 - L'Envers du Decor, Dimensions decoratives dans l'art du XXe siecle Musee d'art moderne Lille Metropole, Villeneuve d'Ascq
  • 1998 - A Portrait of Our Times: An Introduction to the Logan Collection San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco,CA
  • 1998 - Kunstausstellung Holderbank Holderbank Management und Beratung AG
  • 1998 - Double Trouble, The Patchett Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego,CA
  • 1998 - Un monde merveilleux, Kitsch et Art Contemporain Frac Nord -Pas de Calais, Dunkerque
  • 1998 - Interno - Esterno/Alterno FENDI, New York, NY
  • 1998 - UrbanTate Gallery Liverpool, Liverpool
  • 1998 - Fast Forward - Trade Marks Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg
  • 1998 - Rene Magritte and the Contemporary Art Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende
  • 1998 - Tuning Up #5Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
  • 1998 - Art in the 20th Century: Collection from the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Ho-Am Art Museum, Seoul
  • 1999 - A Celebration of Art 25th Anniversary of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
  • 1999 - The American Century, Part II Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  • 1999 - TransmuteMuseum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
  • 1999 - Tate Gallery, Liverpool
  • 1999 - La Casa Residence of Mauro Nicoletti, Rome
  • 1999 - L'objet photographieque 2 Galerie d'art contemporain, Mourenx
  • 1999 - The Virginia and Bagley Wright Collection Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
  • 1999 - Decades in Dialogue: Perspectives on the MCA Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
  • 1999 - Art at Work: Forty Years of The Chase Manhattan Collection Museum of Fine Arts and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
  • 1999 - A Celebration of Art 25th Anniversary of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
  • 1999 - The American Century, Part II Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  • 1999 - Transmute Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
  • 1999 - Gesammelte Werke 1 - Zeitgenossische Kunst Seit 1968 Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
  • 1999 - EasyfunSonnabend Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1999 - Jeff Koons, A Millennium Celebration Deste Foundation, Athens
  • 2000 - Easyfun-Ethereal Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin
  • 2000 - PuppyRockefeller Center, New York, NY (public sculpture)
  • 2000 - Split-Rocker Papal Palace, Avignon
  • 2000 - Actual Size Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • 2000 - MoMA 2000 Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • 2000 - MatterMuseum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • 2000 - Pop and After Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • 2000 - Innocence and Experience Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • 2000 - Apocalypse: Beauty & Horror in Contemporary Art Royal Academy of Arts, London
  • 2000 - Almost Warm and Fuzzy Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma
  • 2000 - P.S.1, New York, NY
  • 2000 - Around 1984. A Look at Art in the Eighties
  • 2000 - Lets Entertain Portland Museum of Art, Portland
  • 2000 - Sonnabend Retrospective Sonnabend Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2000 - La Beaute Avignon, France
  • 2000 - SculptureJames Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2000 - Inner Eye Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, NY
  • 2001 - Warhol / Koons / Hirst: Cult and Culture, Selections from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection Aspen Art Museum
  • 2001 - Sonnabend Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2001 - Collaborations with Parkett: 1984 to Now The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA
  • 2001 - Give & Take Serpentine Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • 2001 - Points of Departure II: Connection with Contemporary Art San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • 2001 - Jeff Koons Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz
  • 2001 - Easyfun-Ethereal Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
  • 2001 - New Paintings Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 2002 - Jeff Koons. Bilder / Pictures 1980-2002.Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld
  • 2002 - Easyfun-Ethereal Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; 25th Sao Paulo Biennial
  • 2002 - ShoppingTate Liverpool, Liverpool; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
  • 2002 - PenetrationMarianne Boesky Gallery, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2002 - Warhol to Koons: International Contemporary Art from a Private Collection Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
  • 2002 - Flowers: Warhol/Koons Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2002 - Jasper Johns to Jeff Koons: Four Decades of Art from the Broad Collection The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
  • 2003 - Happiness - A Survival Guide for Art and LifeMori Art Museum, Tokyo
  • 2003 - Air James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2003 - Sonnabend Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2003 - Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples
  • 2004 - Retrospektiv Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo
  • 2004 - Jeff Koons: Highlights of Twenty-Five Years C&M Arts, New York, NY
  • 2004 - BackyardGalerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
  • 2004 - Artists Favourites (Act 2)ICA, London
  • 2004 - Monument to Now Deste Foundation, Athens
  • 2004 - Treasure Island Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
  • 2004 - The Game Show James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY

Select Artwork

  • Balloon Dog (Blue), 2002
  • GOAT - Greatest Of All Time, 2006
  • Loopy, 1999
  • Girl with Dolphin and Monkey (The Whitney Museum of American Art 75th Anniversary Photography Portfolio), 2006
  • Zungul Lord of Indoors Equilibrium, 1985
  • Game, 1999-2000
  • Popeye, 2003

Quotes

  • "Art to me is a humanitarian act and I believe that there is a responsibility that art should somehow be able to effect mankind, to make the word a better place."
  • "I believe that my art gets across the point that I'm in this morality theater trying to help the underdog, and I'm speaking socially here, showing concern and making psychological and philosophical statements for the underdog."
  • "I would prefer a normal-sized breast, or a small breast or whatever and that it be natural, than to understand that it was just some jelly in there."
  • "I love the gallery, the arena of representation. It's a commercial world, and morality is based generally around economics, and that's taking place in the art gallery."
  • "I'm always trying to create work that doesn't make viewers feel they're being spoken down to, so that they feel open participation."
  • "My objects, maybe not in a traditional sense art, last longer than you or myself. Maybe they'll die off as art, but they are equipped to outsurvive us physically."

Publications

  • Jeff Koons - by Eckard Schneider (Author), Alison Gingeras, Kunsthaus Bregenz; Bilingual edition (February 15, 2002)
  • Jeff Koons: Pictures 1980-2002 - by Jeff Koons (Author), Thomas Kellein, D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. (January 1, 2003)
  • Jeff Koons: Easy Fun-Ethereal - by Jeff Koons (Author), Robert Rosenblum (Author), David Sylvester, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (July 2003)

Quick Facts

  • Koons has received extreme reactions to his work.
  • Koons' work is classified as Neo-Pop or Post-Pop, as part of an 80s movement in reaction to the pared-down art of Minimalism and Conceptualism in the previous decade.
  • He caused controversy by the elevation of unashamed kitsch into the high art arena, exploiting more throwaway subjects than even, for example, Warhol's soup cans.
  • Jeff Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania; as a teenager he revered Salvador Dali, to the extent of visiting him in the Plaza Hotel.
  • Koons' early work was in the form of conceptual sculpture, one of the best-known being Three Ball 50/50 Tank, 1985, consisting of three basket balls floating in water, which half-fills a glass tank.

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