Koons holds the record for the most expensive work by a living artist to be sold at auction: his 1986 stainless steel sculpture ‘Rabbit’ went for $91.1 million at Sotheby’s in May 2019. Known for his shiny sculptural depictions of balloon animals and gigantic flowering topiary installations (including Puppy, part of the Guggenheim Bilbao’s permanent collection), Koons borrows throwaway objects from popular culture and lends them a luxurious permanence, at the same time making his work accessible and relatable to a wide audience.
Did you know?
The supermodel Stephanie Seymour has a specially-commissioned replica of Puppy at the Connecticut estate she shares with her husband, the industrialist Peter Brant.
Country of Birth
Christie's New York, 'Rabbit', 2019
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US
Tate Gallery, London, UK
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, US
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, ES
Fondazione Prada, Milan, IT
Fondation Louis Vuitton Por la Creation, Paris, FR
Museum for Moderne Kunst, Tel Aviv, Israel
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, US
Exhibitions by Jeff Koons
Banksy, Bonnie and Clyde, Harland Miller, Jeff Koons, Lauren Baker, Martin Creed, Nina Saunders, Tim Fishlock,
23 Mar 2019 – 19 May 2019
David Shrigley, Delphine Lebourgeois, Grayson Perry, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons, Jonas Wood, JR, Swoon, Tim Fishlock, Tracey Emin,
15 May 2018 – 16 Jun 2018