Michael Andrew Law Cheuk Yui with Jeff Koons
Jeffrey “Jeff” Koons 傑夫·昆斯 (/kuːnz/; born January 21, 1955) 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 mirror-finish surfaces. He lives and works in both New York City and his hometown of York, Pennsylvania.

Michael Andrew Law Cheuk Yui with Jeff Koons

    世界著名的美國波普藝術家傑夫.昆斯 (Jeff Koons,1955) ,其作品是當代藝術的指標、也是流行文化的象徵。縱貫他的藝術生涯,他開拓嶄新的現成物藝術方法,測試先鋒藝術與大眾文化的邊界,挑戰工業製作藝術品的極限。他不僅是在世藝術家拍賣紀錄的保持人,他的一舉一動總是撼動人心,觸動藝術圈的神經,他就是俗艷藝術的王子。

    Jeff Koons舉辦過一系列重要展覽,展覽地點包括古根海姆博物館、美國大都會博物館、英國泰特美術館、蛇形畫廊、柏林新國家畫廊等,2009年更在古色古香的凡爾賽宮展出,極具現代感的作品與古老的皇宮相互輝映。他的作品也受美國、英國等多家現當代美術館和美術機構收藏,奠定他在當代藝術史上不可替代的地位。

    「我希望做出個東西,可以反映人們在節慶與派對的快樂感」

    Jeff Koons的氣球動物以可愛圓潤的造型及鮮豔飽和的色彩,勾起人們童年美好的回憶,這些氣球狗與氣球動物雕塑,就像是生日派對與歡樂慶典時,氣球魔術師用巨大氣球摺出的巨無霸氣球動物,為人們帶來極大的喜悅與幸福感。

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$57.1 million at Sotheby’s on May 14, 2013. Balloon Dog (Orange) was one of the first of the Balloon dogs to be fabricated, and had been acquired by Greenwich collector Peter Brant in the late 1990s.

Critics are sharply divided in their views of Koons. Some view his work as pioneering and of major art-historical importance. Others dismiss his work as kitsch, crass, and based on cynical self-merchandising. Koons has stated that there are no hidden meanings in his works, nor any critiques.

Jeff Koons plays with ideas of taste, pleasure, celebrity, and commerce. “I believe in advertisement and media completely,” he says. “My art and my personal life are based in it.” Working with seductive commercial materials (such as the high chromium stainless steel of his “Balloon Dog” sculptures or his vinyl “Inflatables”), shifts of scale, and an elaborate studio system involving many technicians, Koons turns banal objects into high art icons. His paintings and sculptures borrow widely from art-historical techniques and styles; although often seen as ironic or tongue-in-cheek, Koons insists his practice is earnest and optimistic. “I’ve always loved Surrealism and Dada and Pop, so I just follow my interests and focus on them,” he says. “When you do that, things become very metaphysical.” The “Banality” series that brought him fame in the 1980s included pseudo-Baroque sculptures of subjects like Michael Jackson with his pet ape, while his monumental topiaries, like the floral Puppy (1992), reference 17th-century French garden design.

American, b. 1955, York, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York

傑夫·昆斯,美國藝術家,其作品往往由極其單調的東西堆砌而成——比如不鏽鋼骨架、鏡面加工過的氣球獸,常常染以明亮的色彩。昆斯的作品在世界上大賣,持有至少一個在世藝術家作品的拍賣價格記錄。評論家對他的看法趨於兩級。有的認為他的作品是先鋒的,有著重要的藝術史價值。