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koons life
Koons life
  • 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.
  • Koons is an American artist known for his reproductions of banal objects such as balloon animals produced in stainless steel with mirror finish surfaces.
  • 1972-76 Studies art and design at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. In 1975 he spends an exchange year at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The following year he leaves Chicago for New York.
koons work
Koons Work
  • Koons’s work is in numerous public collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum, The Broad Art Foundation, The National Gallery, Hirshhorn Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Tate Gallery, Museum Ludwig, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.
  • 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), was installed at the Papal Palace in Avignon and at the Palace of Versailles.
pre new
  • 1979 Begins to work with household appliances, which he affixes to fluorescent lamps for a series later titled Pre-New. Executes first work with a vacuum cleaner. Koons is employed as a broker on Wall Street in order to finance the production of his art.
the new
The New
  • 1980Koons installs his first show in the display window of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, out of which he will develop the series The New.
new hoover convertible 1980

Vacuum cleaner, acrylic, and fluorescent lights, 142.2 x 57.2 x 57.2 cm

new shelton wet drys tripledecker 1981

Three vacuum cleaners, acrylic, and fluorescent lights, 316.2 x 71.1 x 71.1 cm

new hoover deluxe shampoo polishers
New Hoover Deluxe Shampoo Polishers

56 x 32 x 15 inches 142.2 x 91.4 x 38.1 cm1980-1986

equilibrium series
  • 1983 Sketches the first water tanks for the Equilibrium series.

bronze27 x 17 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches 68.6 x 44.5 x 44.5 cm Edition of 3 plus AP1985


bronze9 inches diameter 22.9 cm diameter Edition of 3 plus AP1985


bronze12 x 80 x 60 inches 30.5 x 203.2 x 152.4 cm Edition of 3 plus AP1985

luxury and degradation and statuary
Luxury and Degradation and Statuary 
  • 1986 The series Luxury and Degradation and Statuary emerge, all of the sculptures of which consist of stainless chrome steel.
aqui bacardi
Aqui Bacardi

oil inks on canvas 45 x 60 inches 114.3 x 152.4 cm Edition of 2 plus AP1986

come through with taste myers s dark rum quote newsweek
Come Through with Taste - Myers's Dark Rum - Quote Newsweek

oil inks on canvas 46 x 60 inches 116.8 x 152.4 cm Edition of 2 plus AP1986

baccarat crystal set
Baccarat Crystal Set

stainless steel 12 1/2 x 16 x 16 inches 31.8 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm Edition of 3 plus AP1986

bob hope


Bob Hope

stainless steel17 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches 43.2 x 14 x 14 cm Edition of 3 plus AP1986

cape codder troll
Cape Codder Troll

stainless steel21 x 8 1/2 x 9 inches 53.3 x 21.6 x 22.9 cm Edition of 3 plus AP 1986

doctor s delight
Doctor's Delight

stainless steel11 x 6 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches 27.9 x 17.1 x 14.6 cmEdition of 3 plus AP1986

  • 1987Koons is invited to "SkulpturProjekteMünster" in Germany, and creates Kiepenkerlin stainless chrome steel.

stainless steel71 x 26 x 37 inches 180.3 x 66 x 94 cm Edition of 3 plus AP1987

  • 1988Koons's new series, Banality, is simultaneously shown in three distinguished galleries in Cologne, New York and Chicago. The porcelain and wood figures mystify the critics.
ushering in banality 1988

Polychromed wood, 96.5 x 157.5 x 76.2 cm

michael jackson and bubbles 1988

Porcelain, 106.7 x 179.1 x 82.6 cm

pink panther 1988

Porcelain, 104.1 x 52.1 x 48.3 cm

made in heaven
Made in Heaven
  • 1991 The Made in Heaven series is shown in Cologne and New York. The works, showing the artist making love with Ilona Staller, alias Cicciolina, are largely panned by the critics. Koons and Staller marry.
made in heaven1
Made in Heaven

lithograph billboard 125 x 272 inches317.5 x 690.9 cm Edition of 3 plus AP1989

bourgeois bust jeff and ilona
Bourgeois Bust - Jeff and Ilona

marble44 1/2 x 28 x 21 inches 113 x 71.1 x 53.3 cm Edition of 3 plus AP1991

self portrait

marble37 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches95.3 x 52.1 x 36.8 cm Edition of 3 plus AP1991

the monumental floral sculpture
the monumental floral sculpture
  • 1992Koons creates the monumental floral sculpture Puppy in front of the castle in Bad Arolson near Kassel. Large museum retrospectives are held in Amsterdam, Stuttgart, San Francisco, and Minneapolis.

stainless steel, wood (at Arolsen only), soil, geotextile fabric, internal irrigation system, live flowering plants 486 x 486 x 256 inches 1234.4 x 1234.4 x 650.2 cm Installations at arolsen 1992, sydney 1995-96, bilbao 1997 (permanent installation), new yorkrockefeller 2000, private collection (permanent installation)1992

  • 1993 Inspired by his little son, Ludwig Maximilian, Koons develops the extensive seriesCelebration, comprising colored chrome steel and polyethelene sculptures and paintings. Koons separates from Ilona Staller, and a protracted struggle for custody of their son begins.
balloon dog red 1994 2000
BALLOON DOG (RED), 1994–2000

High chromium stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307.3 x 363.2 x 114.3 cm

hanging heart gold magenta 1994 2006

High chromium stainless steel with transparent color coating, 291 x 280 x 101.5 cm

play doh 1995 2007
PLAY-DOH, 1995–2007

Oil on canvas, 333.4 x 282.5 cm

balloon flower blue 1995 2000

High chromium stainless steel with transparent color coating, 340 x 285 x 260 cm

  • 1999Koons begins a new series, Easyfun, comprising paintings and wall-mounted sculptures.
split rocker pink blue
Split-Rocker (Pink/Blue)

polychromed aluminum13 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 13 inches34.3 x 36.8 x 33 cm1999

bear dark green
Bear (Dark Green)

crystal glass, mirrored glass, colored plastic interlayer, stainless steel84 1/4 x 59 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches 214 x 151.8 x 3.8 cm 4 unique versions (Blue, Dark Green, Gold, Red)1999

cow lilac
Cow (Lilac)

crystal glass, mirrored glass, carbon fiber, foam, colored plastic interlayer, stainless steel 90 x 59 x 1 1/2 inches 228.6 x 149.9 x 3.8 cm 4 unique versions (Light Blue, Light Pink, Light Red, Lilac)1999

split rocker
  • 2000 Designs Split-Rocker, his second floral sculpture, which is first shown at the Palais des Papes in Avignon. He begins a new series of paintings, Easyfun-Ethereal..
split rocker1

stainless steel, soil, geotextile fabric, internal irrigation system, and live flowering plants441 x 465 x 426 inches1120 x 1180 x 1082 cmInstalled at Palais des Papes, Avignon, 20002000

easyfun ethereal auto

oil on canvas 102 x 138 inches 259.1 x 350.5 cm 2001


oil on canvas 108 x 84 inches 274.3 x 213.4 cm2002


oil on canvas 120 x 168 inches 304.8 x 426.7 cm 2000

  • 2002 A new series of sculptures and paintings, Popeye, is commenced. Koons weds Justine Wheeler.

oil on canvas108 x 84 inches 274.3 x 213.4 cm 2003

triple popeye
Triple Popeye

oil on canvas108 x 146 1/8 inches274.3 x 371.2 cm2008


polychromed aluminum, galvanized steel, wood, straw 90 1/8 x 58 1/4 x 25 1/2 inches 228.9 x 148 x 64.8 cm Edition of 3 plus AP 2003

hulk elvis
Hulk Elvis
  • 2006 Begins working on a new series, Hulk Elvis.
double hulk elvis origin train swish
Double Hulk Elvis Origin Train Swish

oil on canvas102 x 138 inches 259.1 x 350.5 cm 2008

hulk elvis monkey train blue
Hulk Elvis Monkey Train (Blue)

oil on canvas108 x 84 inches274.3 x 213.4 cm2007

hulk elvis iii
Hulk Elvis III

oil on canvas108 x 84 inches 274.3 x 213.4 cm2007

  • 2008 Large-scale exhibitions in Chicago, New York, Berlin, and in the Palace of Versailles, are devoted to Koons. He starts working on the new series Antiquity.
antiquity 1
Antiquity 1

oil on canvas108 x 84 inches274.3 x 213.4 cm2009-2012

balloon venus
Balloon Venus

high chromium stainless steel with transparent color coating102 x 48 x 50 inches259.1 x 121.9 x 127 cm5 unique versions (Magenta, Red, Violet, Yellow, Orange)2008-2012

metallic venus
Metallic Venus

high chromium stainless steel with transparent color coating and live flowering plants100 x 52 x 40 inches254 x 132.1 x 101.6 cm2010-2012

  • Jeff Koons was the artist named to design the seventeenth in the series of BMW "Art Cars". His artwork was applied to a race-spec E92 BMW M3, and revealed to the public at The Pompidou Centre in Paris on 2 June 2010.Backed by BMW Motorsport, the car then competed at the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans in France.
  • 2013 He collaborated with American recording artist Lady Gaga for her third studio album, ARTPOP. The album cover depicts a nude sculpture of Gaga made by Jeff Koons in front of a blue ball sculpture, and pieces of other art works in the background such as "Birth of Venus" painted by SandroBotticelli.