The American contemporary pop artist, Jeff Koons works are characterized at once for their immediate accessibility and art historical eloquence. The artist has been recognized for his work dealing with popular culture and his sculptures depicting everyday objects. From basketball tanks to flower puppies, his instantly recognizable work frolics with banal imagery as much as it integrates cultural references such as Surrealism and Pop Art. Koons ‘art revels in visual pleasure, but also in the power to affront. He has made his name as much for stainless-steel rabbits as he has with his sinister sculpture of Michael Jackson, or his sexually explicit photographic series with then-wife Cicciolina.
The result is mega-artist status. An indisputable king of contemporary visual culture, he is lauded by collectors, institutions, and the public alike. Koons is widely collected in America and Europe, where some collectors acquire his work in depth. His works have sold for substantial sums, including at least two record auction prices for a work by a living artist.