Jeff Koons is one of the world’s most influential artists, known for creating such icons as Rabbit and Balloon Dog. Working with everyday objects, his work revolves around themes of self-acceptance and transcendence.
Since his first solo exhibition in 1980, Koons’s work has been shown in major galleries and institutions throughout the world. His work is 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 and the Guggenheim Bilbao. Recent exhibitions include Jeff Koons in Florence installed at Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria (September 25 - December 28, 2015) and Balloon Venus (Orange) at the Natural History Museum in Vienna (September 30 - March 13, 2016). Gazing Ball Paintings, Koons’s most recent series, was exhibited for the first time at Gagosian Gallery in New York (November 12 - December 23, 2015).
Koons is an Officier of the Legion d’Honneur, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an Honorary Royal Academician, and holds honorary doctorates from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, DC. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented Koons with the State Department’s Medal of the Arts for his outstanding commitment to the Art in Embassies Program and international cultural exchange. Among his many philanthropic activities, Koons is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), and co-founded the Koons Family Institute on International Law and Policy, an initiative of ICMEC, which is dedicated to making the world a safer place for children.
Jeff Koons lives and works in New York.