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Wikipedia About Jeff Koons

Jeffrey “Jeff” Koons (born January 21, 1955) is an American artist known for his reproductions of banal objects—such as balloon animals produced in stainless steel with mirror finish surfaces. He lives and works in New York City and his hometown York, Pennsylvania. Koons’ work has sold for substantial sums of money including at least one world record auction price for a work by a living artist. The largest sum known to be paid for a work by Koons is Balloon flower (Magenta) which was sold for £12,921,250 (US$25,765,204) at Christie’s London on June 30, 2008 (Lot 00012) in the Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale. 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. Full Wikipedia Article

biography Jeff Koons, Let’s Entertain: Life’s Guilty Pleasures Walker Art Center, 2000

Since his emergence in the 1980s Jeff Koons has blended the concerns and methods of Pop, Conceptual, and appropriation art with craft-making and popular culture to create his own unique art iconography, often controversial and always engaging. His work explores contemporary obsessions with sex and desire; race and gender; and celebrity, media, commerce, and fame. A self-proclaimed “idea man,” Koons hires artisans and technicians to make the actual works. For him, the hand of the artist is not the important issue: “Art is really just communication of something and the more archetypal it is, the more communicative it is.” Let’s Entertain features Buster Keaton (1986), a painted wood sculpture, exaggerated in scale and hinting at rococo, that is really a seamless collage of banal images from mass culture. Keaton’s haunted, melancholy gaze seems to be searching for something, but we are left wondering what that might be. With a common material that the artist sees as connected to the “security of religion” and a subject that is definitively kitsch, this work is a comment on social hierarchy through the signifier of taste. Seemingly familiar, beautiful, and slightly absurd all at once, Buster Keaton gives visual pleasure to the audience, perhaps a guilty pleasure, at the same time as it questions monuments, reproductions, and taste, art and artifice, high and low. Koons has had a significant impact on a number of artists included in this exhibition. His retrospective Jeff Koons traveled to the Walker Art Center in 1993, and he was represented in the 1997 Venice Biennale.

Jeff Koons biography from Let’s Entertain: Life’s Guilty Pleasures, Walker Art Center, 2000.