This week on Studio Sunday we’re taking a look at the studio of Jeff Koons. Koons currently lives and works in both New York and Pennsylvania. He is most well known as one of the most successful pop-artists of our generation, creating works that most recently are focused on creating over-the-top reproductions of banal objects.
Koons’ main studio in New York is more of a factory or an office than the traditional home studios I imagine artists working in. At this point in his career, Koons is so successful that he employs over 100 assistants to do the hands-on work for him. As “director” of the studio, Koons comes up with all the ideas for his pieces, and instructs his assistants on exactly how to execute them. The studio is made up of several interconnected rooms, different artists working on different pieces in each one.
Koons has won many awards for his work and just last year set a record for the highest sum of money ever paid at auction for a work by a living artist. His Balloon Dog (Orange) sculpture sold at auction for over 58 million dollars. Koons, and others like him such as Damien Hirst and Takeshi Murakami, are part of a set of artists emulating Andy Warhol’s “factory” sensibility toward the process of art-making, viewing it as a true industry.