Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons
21.01.1955 (York, Pennsylvania)

Nationality: American



biography

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. 

Since his first solo exhibition in 1980, Koons’s work has been shown in major galleries and institutions throughout the world. His Celebration sculptures were the subject of exhibitions on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. Château de Versailles opened its doors to a living artist for the first time with Jeff Koons: Versailles, where a selection of his works were presented within the Grand Apartments. The Whitney Museum of American Art is presenting the most comprehensive survey of Koons’s career to date, Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (through October 19, 2014), which will also travel to the Pompidou Centre Paris in November, and to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in June 2015.

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), previously installed at the Papal Palace in Avignon, Château de Versailles, and Fondation Beyeler Basel, is currently on view at Rockefeller Center (through September 12, 2014).

Jeff Koons has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his cultural achievements. Notably, Koons received the Governor’s Awards for the Arts “Distinguished Arts Award” from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; President Jacques Chirac promoted Koons to Officier de la Legion d’Honneur; and most recently, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton honored Koons with the State Department’s Medal of the Arts for his outstanding commitment to the Art in Embassies Program and international cultural exchange. Koons has been a board member of The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) since 2002, and co-founded the Koons Family International Law and Policy Institute with ICMEC; for the purpose of combating global issues of child abduction and exploitation and to protect the world’s children.


Exhibitions

2018 March 10 - April 21, Jeff Koons: Easyfun-Ethereal. Gagosian Gallery, New York, New York

2018 February 17 - April 8, Masterpieces. De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2017 Jeff Koons. Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, California

2017 Jeff Koons. Almine Rech Gallery, London, England 

2016 Jeff Koons: Now. Newport Street Gallery, London, England

2016 Jeff Koons: Ballerina. Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina

2015 Jeff Koons: Gazing Ball Paintings. Gagosian Gallery, New York, New York

2016 Jeff Koons: Balloon Venus (Orange). Natural History Museum Vienna, Vienna, Austria

2016 Jeff Koons In Florence. Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy

2015 Jeff Koons: Hulk (Friends). Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

2015 Jeff Koons: A Retrospective. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain

2015 ARTIST ROOMS: Jeff Koons. Norwich Castle Museums & Art Gallery, Norwich, England

2015 Jeff Koons: Gazing Ball (Charity). Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

2015 Jeff Koons: Jim Beam - J.B. Turner Engine and Six Individual Cars. Craig F. Starr Gallery, New York, New York

2014 Jeff Koons: A Retrospective. The Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2104 Jeff Koons: Hulk Elvis. Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong

2104 Jeff Koons: A Retrospective. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

2014 Jeff Koons: Split-Rocker. Rockefeller Center, New York 

2013  ARTIST ROOMS: Jeff Koons. Brighton Museum and Gallery, Brighton, England

2013 Jeff Koons: New Paintings and Sculpture. Gagosian Gallery, New York, New York

2013 Jeff Koons: Gazing Ball. David Zwirner Gallery, New York, New York

2012  Jeff Koons. Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, California

2012 Jeff Koons. Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2012 Jeff Koons: The Painter. Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany

2012 Jeff Koons: The Sculptor. Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, Frankfurt, Germany

2012 Jeff Koons. Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland

2011  Moustache by Jeff Koons. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

2011 ARTIST ROOMS: Jeff Koons. National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland

2010  Jeff Koons: Made in Heaven Paintings. Luxembourg & Dayan, New York, New York

2010 Jeff Koons: Popeye Sculpture. Galerie de Noirmont, Paris, France

2011 Dictator. Gagosian Gallery, New York, New York

2010 Jeff Koons: Cracked Egg (Blue). Conservatory, Aylesbury, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, England

2009  Jeff Koons: New Paintings. Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, California [November 14, 2009 - January 9, 2010]

2009 Jeff Koons: Popeye Series. Serpentine Gallery, London, England

2008  Jeff Koons: Celebration. Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany

2008 Jeff Koons. Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany

2009 Jeff Koons: Versailles. Château de Versailles, Versailles, Franc2

2008 Jeff Koons. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

2008 Jeff Koons: On the Roof. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

2007  Jeff Koons: Popeye. Gagosian Gallery, Davies Street, London, England

2007 Jeff Koons: Hulk Elvis. Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, London, England

2006  Cracked Egg (Blue). Gagosian Gallery, London, England

2006 Sculpture. Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, Californi

2006 Diamond. Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England

2006 Balloon Flower (Red). 7 World Trade Center, New York, New York 

2005  Jeff Koons. Lever House, New York, New York

2005 Jeff Koons: Retrospective. Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

2004  Jeff Koons: Retrospective. Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway

2004 Jeff Koons: Highlights of 25 Years. C&M Arts, New York, New York

2004 Backyard. Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany

2003  Popeye. Sonnabend Gallery, New York, New York

2003 Jeff Koons. Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples, Italy

2002  Jeff Koons. Sonnabend Gallery, New York, New York

2002 Jeff Koons: Pictures 1980-2002. Kunsthaus Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

2002 Jeff Koons: Embrace Your Past. York College, York, Pennsylvania

2002 Easyfun-Ethereal. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York

2002 La Part de l'autre Carré d'Art. Musée d'art Contemporain, Nîmes, France

2002 Easyfun-Ethereal. 25th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil

2001  Jeff Koons: Easyfun-Ethereal. Guggenheum Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain

2001 Easyfun–Ethereal. Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

2001 Jeff Koons. Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria

2001 New Paintings. Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2000  Easyfun–Ethereal. Deutsch Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany

2000 Puppy. Rockefeller Center, New York, New York

2000 Split-Rocker. Papal Palace, Avignon, France 

1999  Jeff Koons: A Millennium Celebration. Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece

1999 Easyfun. Sonnabend Gallery, New York, New York

1998  Jeff Koons: Encased Works. Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, England

1997  Puppy. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain [permanent collection]

1997 Jeff Koons. Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, France

1995  Puppy. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

1994  Jeff Koons: A Survey 1981-1994. Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, England

1993  Jeff Koons: Retrospective. Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1993 Jeff Koons: Retrospective. Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

1993 Jeff Koons: Retrospective. Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark

1992 Jeff Koons: Retrospective. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

1993 Jeff Koons: Retrospective. Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1992 Made In Heaven. Galerie Lehmann, Lausanne, Switzerland

1992 Made In Heaven. Gramo Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium

1991  Made In Heaven. Christophe Van de Weghe, Brussels, Belgium

1991 Made In Heaven. Sonnabend Gallery, New York, New York

1991 Made In Heaven. Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne, Germany

1989  Jeff Koons - Nieuw Werk. Galerie ‘t Venster, organized by Rotterdamse Kunststichting, Rotterdam, Netherlands

1988   Banality. Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1988 Banality. Sonnabend Gallery, New York, New York

1988 Banality. Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne, Germany

1988 Jeff Koons: Works 1979-1988. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

1987  The New: Encased Works. Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1986 Luxury and Degradation. International With Monument Gallery, New York, New York

1986 Luxury and Degradation. Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, California 

1985   Equilibrium. International With Monument Gallery, New York, New York

1985 Equilibrium. Feature Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1980  The New (A Window Installation). New Museum, New York, New York


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