Jeff Koons sculptures are instantly recognizable, and coveted, around the world. His latest creations include his well-known characters, like the money, rabbit and dog and his Master Series for Louis Vuitton skillfully combines the classics with the commercial.
Jeff Koons Sculptures in the U.S.
His 45-foot tall Seated Ballerina was on display at Rockefeller Center this summer, Jay-Z performed at the V Festival in front of a Koons Balloon Dog sculpture, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is in the process of constructing a giant Balloon Monkey in the middle of LACMA’s Los Angeles Times Central Court.
Jeff Koons At Home and Abroad
The former U.S. ambassador to France, Jane Hartley, asked Jeff Koons to come up with a sculpture to honor the victims of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.
Koons’ concept is a hand holding a bouquet of tulips. The finished sculpture will be placed in a plaza with a distant view of the Eiffel Tower. Construction has been delayed because the pavement on the plaza is not strong enough to support 30 ton, 40 foot high sculpture. The sculpture is being paid for through a private foundation at an estimated cost of $3.9 million.
Jeff Koons has collaborated up with Louis Vuitton to create purses and backpacks printed with works by great masters like Rubens, Da Vinci and Monet.
Not only has Koons fashioned the designs on the bags, he’s also reconfigured the Louis Vuitton logo with his own initials for the front of each bag, something the luxury design house has never before permitted.
Each bag also has a tag on the handle in the shape of Koons’s iconic inflatable rabbit and a biography and portrait of the painter whose work he used for the bag’s design.
Rabbits, Monkeys, Swans and Dog Balloon Sculptures
For more than 40 years, Jeff Koons has been creating works that are entertaining, accessible and flawlessly crafted and designed.
Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania in 1955. He studied painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the Art Institute of Chicago. He arrived in New York in 1976 and worked at the MoMA membership desk and then as a commodities broker to support himself while working at his art.
Working in series and using recurring images, Koons work has become recognizable around the world and record setting at auction.
Recent acquisitions at VFA include Koons’ Rabbit, Monkey and Swan porcelain balloon sculptures. The works are quintessential Koons, using porcelain to create the look of mylar.
Koons says that his work is a celebration of what it is to be human. His work is not only technically flawless, it is also joyful and winsome…like Balloon Dog and Split Rocker.