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Jeff Koons (1955 US)


Jeffrey “Jeff” Koons  is an American artist known for working with popular culture subjects and his reproductions of banal objects—such as balloon animals produced in stainless steel with mirrorfinish surfaces. He lives and works in both New York City and his hometown of YorkPennsylvania. His works have sold for substantial sums, including at least one world record auction price for a work by a living artist. On November 12, 2013, Koons’s Balloon Dog (Orange) sold at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York City for US$58.4 million, above its high US$55 million estimate, becoming the most expensive work by a living artist sold at auction. 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.




Made an Honorary Member of University of Oxford’s Edgar Wind Society for Outstanding Contribution for Visual Culture, Oxford, England

First Artist-in-Residence at Columbia University’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute


French Institute Alliance Française’s Trophée des Arts Gala Honored Jeff Koons with the Trophée des Arts Award, New York, NY [October 28th, 2016]

Threw ceremonial first pitch at York Revolution baseball game. Jeff Koons bobble heads were given away to 1,500 fans during the “Celebrate York” series, commemorating their 10th anniversary season, York, Pennsylvania [August 12, 2016]


Honoree at Royal Academy America Gala, An ‘RAted’ Evening, New York, NY

Honoree at the Riverkeeper’s Annual Fishermen’s Ball, New York, NY

Presented keys to the city of Florence by mayor Dario Nardella at Palazzo Vecchio’s grand Sala dell’Udienza, Florence, Italy

Honoree at the National YoungArts Foundation’s YoungArts Backyard Ball, Miama, Florida


Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award, 51st Annual International Achievement Summit, San Francisco, California

Honoree at the Citizens’ Committee for Children event, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York


State Department’s Medal of Arts awarded by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Art in Embassies, Washington D.C. [awarded during 50th anniversary of the Art in Embassies Program, November 30, 2012]


Honoree at the Hermitage Museum Foundation’s Annual Gala, The Hermitage Museum Foundation and Phillips de Pury, New York, New York

Honoree at the Annual Spring Benefit, Friends of the High Line, New York, New York


Lotus Award of Distinction, The Lotus Club, New York, New York

Icon of Artistic Excellence Award, The Black Alumni of Pratt, Celebration of the Creative Spirit Benefit Dinner, New York, New York

Voice of Art Award, FEGS, New York, New York

Artist Icon Award in the Arts, The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, Connecticut


Made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy, London, United Kingdom

Unveiling of RxArt Jeff Koons CT Scanner installation at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital, Oak Lawn, Illinois


Received the award in the best “Exhibition Outside the United States” category for Jeff Koons Versailles, Rob Pruitt’s First Annual
Arts Awards, Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York [October 29, 2009]

The John Singleton Copley Award, The American Associates of the Royal Academy Trust, New York, New York

National Arts Club Medal of Honor, New York, New York

Maryland Institute College of Art Alumni Medal of Honor, Baltimore, Maryland

Governor’s Awards for the Arts Distinguished Arts Award, York, Pennsylvania


Honorary Doctorate, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Wollaston Award, Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom


The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, along with The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children,
developed the Koons Family International Law and Policy Institute for the purpose of combating global issues of child abduction
and exploitation

Promoted by President Jacques Chirac from Chevalier to Officier of the French Legion of Honor for his ongoing strengthening of
relations between France and the United States

Artist of the Year, American Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art & Architecture, New York, New York


Artistic Achievement Award, Americans For The Arts, Washington, D.C.


Creative Patronage Award, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Elected to the American Academy for Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Honored by the Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families, Brooklyn, New York


Museum of Fine Arts School Medal Award, Boston, Massachusetts


Appointed to the Board of Directors, International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, Alexandria, Virginia

Inducted to the Signet Society for Arts and Letters at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Received a Doctorate of Fine Arts, Honoris Causa, from The Corcoran, Washington, D.C.

Global Vision Award, Second Annual Hope Awards, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Alexandria, Virginia

Awarded the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, Skowhegan School of Arts, New York, New York


Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, nominated by President Jacques Chirac and presented by Jean-Jacques Aillagon,
President of Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France


BZ Cultural Award from the City of Berlin, Germany


Art Start for Children Award, Learning Through Art/The Guggenheim Museum Children’s Program, New York, New York