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
Jeff Koons at the Ashmolean, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK, 2019
Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA, 2014
Jeff Koons, Beyeler Museum, Basel, CH, 2012
Jeff Koons: Popeye Series, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK, 2009
Jeff Koons on the Roof, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA, 2008