Jeff Koons (born 1955) is an American artist living and working in both New York City and York, Pennsylvania. Koons studied art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Known for his reproductions of everyday objects in large, stainless steels and mirror surfaces, Koons’ work has been sold at auction for record-breaking sums. He holds a world record for the most expensive artwork sold at auction by a living artist. His reproductions have been inspired by balloon animals, inflatable toys, and household appliances.
Koons’ work has been controversial. He has an art factory, similar to that of Andy Warhol, located in Chelsea that reproduces his works. He first established his ‘art fabrication’ technique in the 1980s, when Koons reached a certain level of fame and notoriety within the art world. His work focuses attention on art’s place in a media-saturated culture, though the artist denies the existence of any hidden meanings or critiques within his work. One of Koons’ most famous sculptures includes three gold-leaf plated porcelain statues of Michael Jackson and his pet chimpanzee, Bubbles.
Koons’ work has been exhibited around the world, including the Gagosian Gallery, the High Museum of Art, Galarie Max Hetzler, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Whitney Museum, and the Guggenheim. Controversial, moving, and provocative, Koons’ work continues to make a stir within the art world.
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