Jeffrey Koons Biography
Jeffrey Koons was born on January 21, 1955. he is an American artist known for working with popular culture subjects and his reproductions of banal objects, such as balloon animals produced in stainless steel with mirror finish surfaces. He lives and works in both New York City.
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.
While a visiting student at the Art Institute, Koons met the artist Ed Paschke, who became a major influence and for whom he worked as a studio assistant in the late 1970s. He lived in Lakeview, and then in the Pilsen neighborhood at Halsted Street and 19th Street.
Jeffrey Koons Age
He was born on January 21, 1955, in York Pennsylvania.he is64 year as of 2019.
Jeffrey Koons Dog
Jeff Koons released “Balloon Dogs” as part of his “Celebration” series in 1993. These playful sculptures are now among the most iconic works of contemporary art. In 2013, his 10-foot-tall Balloon Dog (Orange) (1994–2000) was purchased for $58.4 million at Christie’s, setting a new record for the most expensive work ever sold at auction by a living artist.
Koons has also created smaller, collectible versions of this sculpture, as well as balloon swans, rabbits, monkeys, and even Venuses. “I’ve always enjoyed balloon animals because they’re like us,” Koons has said about the series, “We’re balloons. You take a breath and you inhale, it’s optimism. You exhale, and it’s kind of a symbol of death.”
Jeffrey Koons Puppy
Jeff Koons’s Puppy was first unveiled in 1992, as a mammoth 40-foot-tall flower-covered topiary. The colorful and ever-changing sculpture is now on permanent display at the Guggenheim Bilbao.
Modeled after a West Highland Terrier, Puppy exhibits the artist’s childlike fascination with everyday objects such as balloon dogs and vacuum cleaners, and his ability to transmit the wonder with which he looks at the banal to the viewers of his works.
Koons released 3,000 original editions of a vase version of Puppy in 1998, and an additional 100 editions were released on May 30, 2018, to celebrate the sculpture’s twentieth anniversary.
Jeffrey Koons Net Worth
Jeff Koons is an American artist who has a net worth of $200 million. Jeff is pronounced as the most expensive artist from 2013 to 2018 when his record was broken by David Hockney painting. His works have set a record at worlds auctioning price thanks to the aforementioned $58.4 million sales of Balloon Dog (Orange).
Jeffrey Koons Artworks
JEFF work started in the mid-1980s as part of upcoming media-saturated generation era he set up a factory like a studio in Soho on the corner of Houston street. the factory used art fabrication method for production leading to the growth of the company.
Early Works And Inflatables
Between 1977 and 1979 Koons produced four separate artworks, which he later called it Early Works. Starting from 1978 he worked on his Inflatables series, consisting of inflatable flowers and a rabbit of various heights and colors, positioned along with mirrors.
The Pre-New, The New, and Equilibrium series
His early work was in form of conceptual sculpture besides that we have the new which is in form of series of vacuum cleaner, Koons first exhibited these pieces in the window of the New Museum in New York in 1980.
He chose a limited combination of vacuum cleaners and arranged them in cabinets accordingly, juxtaposing the verticality of the upright cleaners with the squat cylinders of the “Shelton Wet/Dry drum” cleaners. At the museum, the machines were displayed as if in a showroom, and oriented around a central red fluorescent lightbox with just the words “The New”
Another example is equilibrium series which consist of basketball suspended on distilled water in tanks. The water is added a little salt to allow the balls to float on water. In a second version, the 50/50 Tanks, only half the tank is filled with distilled water, with the result that the balls float half in and half out of the water.
In the 1970s, Koons began to create sculptures using inflatable toys. Taking a ready-made inflatable rabbit, Koons casts the object in highly polished stainless steel, resulting in one of his most famous works of art, Rabbit (1986). Originally part of Ileana Sonnabend’s private collection, Rabbit is now owned by Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Eli Broad is the owner of a proof of the sculpture.
Since then, the Rabbit has returned to its original soft form and taken to the air, many times larger at over 50 feet. On 13 October 2009, the giant metallic monochrome rabbit used during the 2007 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was shown at the Eaton Center in Toronto for Nuit Blanche.
The other objects in the series combine Koons objects found in souvenir shops and baroque imagery, thus playing with the distinction between low art and high art. “Rabbit” was sold at Christie’s Auction House for $80 million, resulting in a final selling price of $91,075,000, including auctioneer fees.
Jeffrey Koons Wife
Koons is now married to Justine Wheeler, an artist and former employee who began working for Koons’ studio in 1995. The couple has six children. The family currently lives on several floors of an Upper East Side townhouse.
Jeffrey Koons Children
His first daughter is named Shannon Rodger he fathered her when he was in college. Ludwig Maximillian was the second kid who he had with his first wife Ilona Staller. Sean Kyah Koons, Blake Koons, Kurt Koons, Eric Koon, and Scarlet Koons are Jeff kids with his current wife Justine Wheeler.