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FEATURED ARTIST: JEFF KOONS

Art | April 2, 2020 |

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Jeff Koons, Balloon Dog (Orange) (1994 – 2000), at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2020 | Image courtesy of Elad Sarig

Featured Artist
Jeff Koons

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.

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Jeff Koons, 2011 | Image courtesy of Chris Fanning

Since his first solo exhibition in 1980, Koons’s work has been shown in major galleries and institutions throughout the world. His work was the subject of a major exhibition organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” (June 27 – October 19, 2014), which traveled to the Centre Pompidou Paris (November 26, 2014 – April 27, 2015) and the Guggenheim Bilbao (June 9 – September 27, 2015). An exhibition of works by Marcel Duchamp and Jeff Koons was on view at the Museo Jumex in Mexico City through September 2019. “Jeff Koons: Absolute Value from the Collection of Marie and Jose Mugrabi” is now on view at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

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Jeff Koons, Balloon Dog (Orange) (1994 – 2000), at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2020 | Image courtesy of Elad Sarig

Koons is widely known for his iconic sculptures “Rabbit” and “Balloon Dog” as well 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 in Basel, was most recently on view at Rockefeller Center in 2014.

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Jeff Koons: Absolute Value at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2020, Installation View | Image courtesy of Elad Sarig

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; the “Golden Plate Award” from the Academy of Achievement; President Jacques Chirac promoted Koons to Officier de la Legion d’Honneur; and 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.

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Jeff Koons: Absolute Value at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2020, Installation View | Image courtesy of Elad Sarig

In 2017, Koons was made the first Artist-in-Residence at Columbia University’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute and, also, made an Honorary Member of University of Oxford’s Edgar Wind Society for Outstanding Contribution for Visual Culture. 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.

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Jeff Koons: Absolute Value at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2020, Installation View | Image courtesy of Elad Sarig
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Jeff Koons: Absolute Value at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2020, Installation View | Image courtesy of Elad Sarig
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Jeff Koons: Absolute Value at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2020, Installation View | Image courtesy of Elad Sarig
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Jeff Koons: Absolute Value at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2020, Installation View | Image courtesy of Elad Sarig
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Jeff Koons: Absolute Value at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2020, Installation View | Image courtesy of Elad Sarig
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Jeff Koons, Monkeys (Ladder), 2003, oil on canvas | Image courtesy of Tom Powel
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Jeff Koons, Serpents, 1988, porcelain | Image courtesy of Jeff Koons
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Jeff Koons, Ballet Couple, Tel Aviv Museum of Art | Image courtesy of Elad Sarig
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Jeff Koons, Ballet Couple, Tel Aviv Museum of Art | Image courtesy of Elad Sarig
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Jeff Koons, Bear and Policeman, 1988, polychromed wood | Image courtesy of Jeff Koons
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Jeff Koons, Dolphin Taz Trashcan, 2007 – 2011, polychromed aluminum, galvanized steel, coated steel chain | Image courtesy of Marc Domage
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Jeff Koons: Absolute Value at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2020, Installation View | Image courtesy of Elad Sarig
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Jeff Koons, Donkey, 1999, mirror-polished stainless steel | Image courtesy of Lawrence Beck, New York Courtesy Sonnabend Gallery
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Jeff Koons, Hulk (Rock), 2004 – 2013, polychromed bronze and marble | Image courtesy of Tom Powel

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