Jeff Koons (American, b.1954)
Birth Place: York (York county, Pennsylvania, United States)
How much are original Jeff Koons sculptures worth?
Jeff Koons is one of the most popular artists working today, as such Koons sculptures command extraordinary amounts whenever they come to auction. Some works can be had for a few thousand, but it isn’t rare to have a Koons sculpture sell for tens of millions of dollars at auction. The most ever paid for a Jeff Koons sculpture was a whopping $91,075,000 for the piece Rabbit (1986). This is an outlier, but even so many of Koons major works have sold between 15 and 40 million dollars, making him one of the most profitable artists in the world today.
Who is Jeff Koons?
Jeff Koons (January 21, 1955 - ) is an American pop-contemporary artist. His work is a reflection of modern-day America, with wry humor, bright colors, pop art sensibilities, and just a whiff of commerce and advertisement. His prodigious output of pop art in the late eighties and nineties in the series Banality (1988) brought him into the public consciousness. This series featured a number of porcelain sculptures that referenced pop icons, from Jaime Mansfield seductively holding the Pink Panther, to Odie and Jon from the comic strip Garfield, to the aforementioned Michael Jackson and Bubbles in full military garb. These pieces raised Koons’ profile while inciting controversy, but undeniably they presented Koons’ as a modern pop-art icon, respected by critics and artists alike.
How did Jeff Koons get started?
Born in York, Pennsylvania in 1955, Jeff Koons studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago before moving to New York in the seventies to become a stockbroker. The late eighties and early nineties were a breakout time for Koons as an artist when he burst onto the New York scene with now-iconic pieces of pop art like Michael Jackson and Bubbles (1988) and Puppy (1992). By his own admission, Koons is heavily inspired by the Surrealist, Dadaist, and Pop Art movements that defined the second half of the 20th century. In this vein, Koons set up a Warhol-influenced studio in Chelsea which employs 90-120 assistants to produce Koons’ work to his exacting specifications.
What is Jeff Koons famous for?
Jeff Koons is more famous than ever, with his pop-influenced sculptures now embraced by both the commercial and art communities. Koon continues to fuzz the boundaries between high and low in his work today, working with Lady Gaga on the cover art for her album Artpop (2013) and designing an Art Car (2010) for BMW. Above all, the word, “play” seems to be the key to understanding Koons’ work. His pieces are instantly recognizable, bright and shiny, oversized sculptures that exude humor and add a startling significance to the otherwise overlooked. His choice of medium is always deliberate and always unique, from the bright blue stainless steel of Balloon Dog (1994) to the finely detailed porcelain Banality sculptures. The throughline being that a piece by Koons will always inspire, entertain, and delight -- just as pop art should.
What kind of art does Jeff Koons make?
Jeff Koons makes absurdist pop art sculptures influenced by advertisements, cartoons, and popular movies. His re-imagining of everyday objects became a trademark Koons’ stylistic flourish in the late seventies, starting with Inflatables (1979) which featured a number of kitschy vinyl inflatable objects that Koons found in discount shops all over downtown Manhattan, augmenting them with mirrors to play with space, reflection, and social reality.
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