Jeff Koons (American, b. 1955)
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Jeff Koons, Puppy sculpture in Spain
Puppy, a 43 ft (13 m) tall topiary sculpture of a West Highland White Terrier puppy, executed in a variety of flowers (including Marigolds, Begonias, Impatiens, Petunias, and Lobelias on a transparent color-coated chrome stainless steel substructure.
American artist Jeff Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania in 1955. He is best known for his popular culture sculptures and reproductions of banal objects. Koons studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He he worked as a studio assistant for Ed Paschke (1939-2004). In 1977, Jeff Koons moved to New York and worked at the Museum of Modern Art. Koons produced four separate artworks between 1977 and 1979 and since 1979 he produces his work in series. People are divided about his work, some people find it pioneering and important others dismiss his work as kitsch, according to Jeff Koons himself there are no hidden meanings in his work. During the the 2008 exhibition of 17 Koons sculptures at the Château de Versailles people demonstrated outside the palace gates in a protest dedicated to French artistic purity.
In 2013, Koons's Balloon Dog from 1994–2000 was sold on auction for over 50 million dollars, he is one of the most expensive living artist today.