About The Artist
A giant of the art world, the sculptor, painter, and photographer Jeff Koons has built his career out of monumental and record-setting tributes to kitsch, a style he has embraced in tandem with movements ranging from appropriation to Pop. Growing up in small-town Pennsylvania, Koons went on to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore before moving to New York City in the late 1970s where he worked at the membership desk at the Museum of Modern Art. He left that position for Wall Street, working as a commodities broker as he sought to finance his art career.
Koons rose to fame at the beginning of the 1980s with early works like The New, which—consisting entirely of off-the-shelf vacuum cleaners—gained him wide, if controversial, recognition. Subsequent series such as Equilibrium, Luxury and Degradation, Banality, and Celebration take as their subjects the cultural symbols of middle America, which Koons distorts through material, scale, and context, ultimately reinventing them as loci for thematic investigations of consumerism, value, and triviality.
Works by Koons, including such iconic pieces as Balloon Dog, Tulips, and Michael Jackson and Bubbles, grace major museums worldwide.
"Jeff Koons." Guggenheim. The Soloman R. Guggenheim Foundation, n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.