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

Solo Exhibitions

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

ARTIST ROOMS: Jeff Koons. Norwich Castle Museums & Art Gallery, Norwich, England [May 9 - September 13, 2015] 

Jeff Koons: A Retrospective. The Centre Pompidou, Paris, France [November 26, 2014 - April 27, 2015]

Jeff Koons: Hulk Elvis. Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong, China [November 6 - December 20, 2014]

Jeff Koons, A retrospective. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York [June 27 - October 19, 2014]

ARTIST ROOMS: Jeff Koons. Brighton Museum and Gallery, Brighton, England [May 11 -September 8, 2013]

Jeff Koons: New Paintings and Sculpture. Gagosian Gallery, New York, New York [May 9 - June 29, 2013]

Jeff Koons: Gazing Ball. David Zwirner Gllery, New York, New York [May 8 - June 22, 2013]

Jeff KoonsGagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, California [December 7, 2012 - February 14, 2013]

Jeff Koons. Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium [October 6 - November 17, 2012]

Jeff Koons: The Painter. Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany [June 20 -September 23, 2012]

Jeff Koons: The Sculptor. Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, Frankfurt, Germany [June 20 - September 23, 2012]

Jeff Koons. Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland [May 13 - September 2, 2012]

Moustache by Jeff Koons. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia [September 25, 2011 - May 29, 2012]

ARTIST ROOMS: Jeff Koons. National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh [March 19 - July 3, 2011]

Jeff Koons: Popeye Sculptures. Galerie de Noirmont, Paris, France [September 16 - November 20, 2010]

Dictator. Gagosian Gallery, New York, New York [August 23, 2010 - January 19, 2011]

Jeff Koons: Cracked Egg (Blue). Conservatory, Aylesbury, Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, England [July - October 31, 2010]

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

Jeff Koons: Popeye Series. Serpentine Gallery, London, England [July 2 – September 13, 2009]

Jeff Koons, Celebration. Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany [October 31, 2008 – February 8, 2009]

Jeff KoonsGalerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany [October 29 - December 6, 2008]

Jeff Koons: Versailles. Château de Versailles, France [September 10, 2008 – April 1, 2009]

Jeff Koons. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois [May 31 – September 21, 2008]

Jeff Koons: On the Roof. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York [April 22 – October 26, 2008]

Jeff Koons: Popeye. Gagosian Gallery - Davies Street, London, England [June 1 – July 27, 2007]

Jeff Koons: Hulk ElvisGagosian Gallery - Britannia Street, London, England [June 1 – July 27, 2007]

Cracked Egg (Blue). Gagosian Gallery, London, England [October 2 – December 2, 2006]

Sculpture. Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, California [July 20 - August 30, 2006]

Diamond. Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England [May 23 – September 3, 2006]

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

Jeff KoonsLever House, New York, New York [December 2005 – February 2006]

Jeff Koons: Retrospective. Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland [January 28 – April 10, 2005]

Jeff Koons: Retrospective. Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway [September 4 – December 12, 2004]

Jeff Koons: Highlights of 25 Years. C&M Arts, New York, New York [April 7 - June 5, 2004]

Backyard. Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany [January 17 - February 14, 2004]

Popeye. Sonnabend Gallery, New York, New York [November 8 - December 19, 2003]

Jeff Koons. Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples, Italy [June 9 - September 15, 2003]

Jeff Koons. Sonnabend Gallery, New York, New York [November 9 - December 20, 2002]

Jeff Koons: Paintings, Photos, Prints 1980-2002. Kunsthaus Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany [September 22 - November 10, 2002]

Jeff Koons: Embrace Your Past. York College, York, Pennsylvania [September 25 - November 6, 2002]

Easyfun-Ethereal. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York [July 19 - September 3, 2002]

La Part de l'autre Carré d'Art. Musée d'art Contemporain, Nîmes, France [May 18 - September 15, 2002]

Easyfun-Ethereal. 25th Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil [March 23 - June 2, 2002]

Jeff Koons. Chosun Ilbo Art Museum, Séoul, Korea

Easyfun–Ethereal. Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland [July 28 - September 12, 2001]

Jeff KoonsKunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria [July 18 - September 16, 2001]

New Paintings. Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, California [March 22 - May 12, 2001]

Easyfun–Ethereal. Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany [October 27, 2000 - January 14, 2001]

Puppy. Rockefeller Center, New York, New York [June 6 - September 5, 2000]

Split-Rocker. Papal Palace, Avignon, France [May 27 - October 1, 2000]

Jeff Koons: A Millennium Celebration. Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece [December 15, 1999 - May 15, 2000]

Easyfun. Sonnabend Gallery, New York, New York [November 13 - December 22, 1999]

Jeff Koons: Encased Works. Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, England [March 13 - April 23, 1998]

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

Jeff Koons. Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, France [September 30 - November 29, 1997]

Puppy. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia [December 12, 1995 -March 17, 1996]

Jeff Koons: A Survey 1981-1994. Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, England [June 11 - July 30, 1994]

Jeff Koons: Retrospective. Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota [July 10 - October 3, 1993]

Jeff Koons: Retrospective. Aarhus, Denmark [1993]

Jeff Koons: Retrospective. Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany [March 12 - April 18, 1993]

Jeff Koons: Retrospective. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California [December 10, 1992 - February 7, 1993]

Jeff Koons: Retrospective. Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands [November 28, 1992 - January 3, 1993]

Made In Heaven. Galerie Lehmann, Lausanne, Switzerland [March 5 - May 7, 1992]

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

Made in Heaven. Gramo Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium [February 12 - March 29, 1992]

Made In Heaven. Sonnabend Gallery, New York, New York [November 23 - December 21, 1991]

Made In Heaven. Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne, Germany [November 15 - December 14, 1991]

Made in Heaven. Galerie Lehmann, Lausanne, Switzerland

Made in Heaven. Christophe Van de Weghe, Antwerp, Belgium

Jeff Koons - Nieuw Werk. Galerie ‘T Venster, Rotterdamse Kunststichting, Rotterdam, Holland [January 13 - February 8, 1989]

Banality. Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, Illinois [December 3, 1988 - January 7, 1989]

Banality. Sonnabend Gallery, New York, New York [November 19 - December 23, 1988]

Banality. Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne, Germany [November 13 - November 30, 1988]

Jeff Koons. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois [July 1 - August 28, 1988] 

The New Encased Works. Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, California [December 5, 1987 - January 16, 1988]

Luxury and Degradation. International With Monument Gallery, New York, New York [closed October 12, 1986]

Luxury and Degradation. Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, California [July 19 - August 16, 1986]

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

Equilibrium. Feature Gallery, Chicago, Illinois [September 13 - October 12, 1985]

The New (A Window Installation). The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, New York [May 29 - June 19, 1980]


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