Jeff Koons

Photo by Chris Fanning, 2011

Jeff Koons
Born:
January 21, 1955
Birthplace:
York, Pennsylvania, United States

About Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons emerged in the 1980s as an innovative sculptor of exquisitely crafted objects, which quickly became icons of art history, the primary example of which is Rabbit, 1986. Cast in highly polished stainless steel from an inflatable Easter bunny novelty, the sculpture’s mirror-like surfaces have the eerie effect of including the viewer in their cool reflections.

The Broad’s Koons collection is unrivaled globally and holds representative work from each stage of the artist’s diverse and ever-changing career. In its celebration of consumer goods and its questioning of the notion of “good taste,” Koons’s art has been critically received as an ironic comment on the decadence of the 1980s and of capitalist culture. Koons himself, however, posits a less cynical view, citing his relationship to his young son, transcendence, and the eternal resonance of beauty as motivating factors for his art.

In his Banality series, Koons created sculptures of dimensions and details monstrous and absurd. These works, like Michael Jackson and Bubbles, 1988, are both compelling and disturbing in their size and seductive porcelain surfaces. The dead white of Jackson’s skin and his glamorous pose with Bubbles in matching clothing invite a chilling range of questions about celebrity and image making.

Celebration, an ongoing Koons series of sixteen paintings and twenty sculptures, rejoices in the rituals and images surrounding birthdays, holidays, and other party occasions. Tulips, 1995–2004, is among the grandest and most technically complex objects in the series, providing a perfect illusion of balloon flowers, constructed of seamless and mirror-polished stainless steel. The work is considered a successor to Koons’s inflatable pieces of the late 1970s.

In order to visualize and represent the desire that often accompanies the advertising of consumer products, for Triple Hulk Elvis II, 2007, Koons culled images from his giant collection of photographs and advertisements. The multiple sources were collaged into conceptual schematics and subsequently painted in a super-realistic, glossy fashion. While often concealed and veiled by toys and lush color, Koons takes Elvis Presley as his primary inspiration. 

By Jeff Koons in the Collection

Jeff Koons
2012-2014
oil on canvas
102 x 138 in. (259.08 x 350.52 cm)
Jeff Koons
2010-2012
oil on canvas
102 x 96 5/16 in. (259.08 x 244.63 cm)
Jeff Koons
1988-89
portfolio of four color lithographs
45 x 37 1/4 in. (114.3 x 94.62 cm)
Jeff Koons
1994-2000
mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating
121 x 143 x 45 in. (307.34 x 363.22 x 114.3 cm)
On View
Jeff Koons
2008-2012
mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating
102 x 48 x 50 in. (259.1 x 121.92 x 127 cm)
Jeff Koons
1988
polychromed wood
65 3/4 x 50 x 26 1/2 in. (167.01 x 127 x 67.31 cm)
On View
Jeff Koons
1994-2001
rotationally molded polyethylene
123 x 110 x 50 in. (312.42 x 279.4 x 127 cm)
Jeff Koons
2003
polychromed aluminum, aluminum and plastic
84 x 44 x 76 in. (213.36 x 111.76 x 193.04 cm)
Jeff Koons
2003
polychromed aluminum, galvanized steel
104 x 68 1/2 x 19 1/4 in. (264.16 x 173.99 x 48.9 cm)
Jeff Koons
2001
oil on canvas
102 x 138 in. (259.08 x 350.52 cm)
Jeff Koons
2009
oil on canvas
108 x 146 1/8 in. (274.32 x 371.16 cm)
Jeff Koons
1994-2006
mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating
Bottom (larger section): 65 x 62 5/8 x 62 5/8 inches, Top (smaller section): 39 3/8 x 62 5/8 x 62 5/8 inches
Jeff Koons
2015
oil on canvas, glass, aluminum
68 3/8 x 45 1/2 x 17 3/4 in. (173.7 x 115.6 x 45.1 cm)
Jeff Koons
2013
plaster and glass
128 1/2 x 67 x 48 5/8 in. (326.4 x 170.2 x 123.5 cm)
Jeff Koons
2013
plaster and glass
58 1/2 x 130 3/16 x 24 1/2 in. (148.59 x 330.68 x 62.23 cm)
Jeff Koons
2010
oil on canvas
108 x 146 1/8 in. (274.32 x 371.16 cm)
Jeff Koons
2004 - 2014
polychromed bronze and mixed media
99 1/2 x 50 1/4 x 31 5/8 in. (252.73 x 127.64 x 80.33 cm)
Jeff Koons
1979
vinyl, mirrors
32 x 25 x 19 in. (81.28 x 63.5 x 48.26 cm)
Jeff Koons
1986
stainless steel
30 x 18 x 11 in. (76.2 x 45.72 x 27.94 cm)
Jeff Koons
1986
stainless steel, bourbon
11 x 114 x 6 1/2 in. (27.94 x 289.56 x 16.51 cm)
On View
Jeff Koons
1987
stainless steel
71 x 26 x 37 in. (180.3 x 66 x 94 cm)
Jeff Koons
1985
bronze
12 x 80 x 60 in. (30.48 x 203.2 x 152.4 cm)
Jeff Koons
1986
stainless steel
46 x 27 x 15 in. (116.84 x 68.58 x 38.1 cm)
Jeff Koons
2010 - 2012
mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating and live flowering plants
100 x 52 x 40 in. (254 x 132.08 x 101.6 cm)
On View
Jeff Koons
1988
porcelain
42 x 70 1/2 x 32 1/2 in. (106.68 x 179.07 x 82.55 cm)
On View
Jeff Koons
1981-1987
six shampoo polishers, vacuum cleaner, acrylic, fluorescent lights
116 x 54 x 28 in. (294.64 x 137.16 x 71.12 cm)
Jeff Koons
1995-97
oil on canvas
114 3/8 x 127 5/8 in. (290.51 x 324.17 cm)
Jeff Koons
2008
oil on canvas
102 x 138 x 2 in. (259.08 x 350.52 x 5.08 cm)
Jeff Koons
1986
stainless steel
41 x 19 x 12 in. (104.14 x 48.26 x 30.48 cm)
On View
Jeff Koons
1988
porcelain
56 1/2 x 30 x 24 1/2 in. (143.51 x 76.2 x 62.23 cm)
Jeff Koons
1988
polychromed wood
42 x 62 x 37 in. (106.68 x 157.48 x 93.98 cm)
Jeff Koons
1985
glass, steel, distilled water and three basketballs
60 1/2 x 48 3/4 x 13 1/4 in. (153.67 x 123.83 x 33.66 cm)
Jeff Koons
2007
oil on canvas
108 x 146 1/8 in. (274.32 x 371.16 cm)
Jeff Koons
1995-2004
mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating
80 x 180 x 205 in. (203.2 x 457.2 x 520.7 cm)
On View
Jeff Koons
1988
gilded wood and mirror
87 x 56 x 8 in. (220.98 x 142.24 x 20.32 cm)