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Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons is an American artist born in York, Pennsylvania, in 1955. Koons lives and works in New York City. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1976.

Koons’s work is in numerous public collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), the Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY), Los Angeles County Museum (Los Angeles, CA), The Eli Broad Family Foundation (Santa Monica, CA), The Broad Contemporary Art Museum (Los Angeles, CA), The National Gallery (Washington, DC), Hirshhorn Museum (Washington, DC), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA), Tate Gallery (London, UK), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Museum Ludwig (Köln, Germany), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum (Tokyo, Japan).

Jeff Koons had four major exhibitions at public institutions in 2008: a large survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Celebration sculptures on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, and the Palace of Versailles opened its doors to a living artist for the first time with Jeff Koons: Versailles. A solo exhibition, New Paintings was most recently on view at Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles, and Koons is included in the group exhibition Pop Life at the Hamburger Kunsthalle through May 2010.

Jeff Koons has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his cultural achievements. Most recently, the Royal Academy of Arts presented Koons with the John Singleton Copley Award, he received The Governor’s Awards for the Arts Distinguished Arts Award and President Jacques Chirac promoted the artist to Officier de la Legion d’Honneur.