Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Jeff Koons — The Greatest Contemporary Artist In The World

The controversial American artist Jeff Koons talks about his medal from the U.S. Department of State's Art in Embassies program and more

Jeff Koons Bio
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’s work is in numerous public collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), the Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY), Los Angeles County Museum (Los Angeles, CA), The Broad Art Foundation (Santa Monica, CA), The National Gallery (Washington, DC), Hirshhorn Museum (Washington, DC), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA), Tate Gallery (London, UK), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Museum Ludwig (Köln, Germany), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan).

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.

Jeff Koons held major exhibitions at public institutions in 2008 including a large survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Celebration sculptures shown on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, and an exhibition at the Palace of Versailles which opened its doors to a living artist for the first time with Jeff Koons: Versailles. Koons presented the Popeye series at the Serpentine Gallery in 2009, and Artist Rooms, a collection of contemporary art jointly owned by the Tate and the National Gallery of Scotland, toured until 2011.

Last year, Fondation Beyeler hosted Koons's first solo exhibition in a Swiss Museum with works from The New, Banality and Celebration. In addition, concurrent exhibitions opened last June in Frankfurt where Koons's paintings were presented at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt while his sculptures were shown with works from the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung permanent collection. Currently, Koons's work is in two separate solo exhibitions in New York on view until June 29th: New Paintings and Sculpture at Gagosian Gallery and Gazing Ball at David Zwirner Gallery.

Jeff Koons has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his cultural achievements. Most recently, the Royal Academy of Arts presented Koons with the John Singleton Copley Award, Koons received The Governor’s Awards for the Arts Distinguished Arts Award and President Jacques Chirac promoted Koons to Officier de la Legion d’Honneur.
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