Jeff Koons

Born Jan 25, 1955

Jeffrey "Jeff" Koons is an American artist known for his reproductions of banal objects—such as Balloon animals produced in stainless steel with mirror finish surfaces. He lives and works in New York City and his hometown York, Pennsylvania. Koons' work has sold for substantial sums of money including at least one world record auction price for a work by a living artist.… Read More

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1955 Birth Born on January 21, 1955.


1968 13 Years Old The price topped Koons's previous record of US$33.7 million and the record for the most expensive living artist, held by Gerhard Richter, whose 1968 painting, Domplatz, Mailand, sold for US$37.1 million at Sotheby's on May 14, 2013. … Read More


1977 22 Years Old After college, Koons moved to New York in 1977 and worked at the membership desk of the Museum of Modern Art while establishing himself as an artist. … Read More
1980 25 Years Old …  Koons first exhibited these pieces in the window of the New Museum in New York in 1980. … Read More


1986 - 1989 3 More Events
1991 36 Years Old …  In 1991, he married Hungarian-born naturalized-Italian pornography star Cicciolina (Ilona Staller) who for five years (1987–92) pursued an alternate career as a member of the Italian Parliament. … Read More
1992 37 Years Old Koons was not among the 44 American artists selected to exhibit his work in Documenta 9 in 1992, but was commissioned by three art dealers to create a piece for nearby Arolsen Castle in Bad Arolsen, Germany. … Read More
1994 39 Years Old As highlighted by articles over the years, including a Wall Street Journal article entitled "Pooling Resources to Fight Child Abuse and Abduction", the issue of child abduction is personal to Koons. Following the end of his marriage to Hungarian-born Italian porn actress Staller in 1994, as she wanted to continue to perform as a porn actress and Koons wanted them to be monogamous, Staller, in violation of a US court order, left with their then-two-year-old son, Ludwig and took the child to Italy.


1995 40 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Koons finally started to work on Balloon Flower in 1995.
1996 - 1998 2 More Events
In 1999, his 1988 "Pink Panther" sculpture sold at auction for US$1.8 million, and he returned to the Sonnabend gallery. … Read More
2000 45 Years Old In 2000, Koons designed Split-Rocker, his second floral sculpture made of stainless steel, soil, geotextile fabric, and an internal irrigation system, which was first shown at the Palais des Papes in Avignon, France. … Read More


2005 50 Years Old In 2005, he was elected as a Fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. … Read More
2006 51 Years Old In 2006, Koons appeared on Artstar, an unscripted television series set in the New York art world.
He had a minor role in the 2008 film Milk playing state assemblyman Art Agnos. … Read More
2009 54 Years Old In 2009, Koons purchased 11 East 67th Street for US$12 million.
2010 55 Years Old In 2010, he bought the neighbouring 10,000-square-foot mansion at 13 East 67th Street, the longtime home of Barbara Sears Rockefeller, for US$20 million.
2013 58 Years Old …  The album cover depicts a nude sculpture of Gaga made by Koons behind a blue ball sculpture, and pieces of other art works in the background such as Birth of Venus painted by Sandro Botticelli, which inspired Gaga's image through the new era, including in her music video for Applause and the performance of the song at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. … Read More
As of 2014, he owns one of them; the other is in the collection of Mitchell Rales.
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