Jeff Koons 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.
Koons is world renowned for his monumental public sculptures, such as the floral sculpture Puppy (1992), shown at Rockefeller Center and permanently installed at the Guggenheim Bilbao. Another floral sculpture, Split-Rocker (2000), previously installed at the Papal Palace in Avignon, Château de Versailles, and Foundation Beyeler in Basel, was most recently on view at Rockefeller Center in 2014.
Critics are sharply divided in their views of Koons. Some view his work as pioneering and of major art-historical importance. Others dismiss his work as kitsch, crass, and based on cynical self-merchandising. Koons has stated that there are no hidden meanings in his works, nor any critiques.
Jeff Koons has received numerous awards and honours in recognition of his cultural achievements. He also holds the record for most expensive work sold by a living artist, Balloon Dog (Orange) (1994-2000) sold for a staggering $58.4 million at Christie’s in 2013.
Koons lives and works in New York City.