Talk to Al Jazeera – Jeff Koons: High art or plain extravagance?


He is one of the most sought-after and successful artists of today.
Jeff Koons is a former Wall Street commodities trader who left the financial world to pursue his dream of becoming an artist.

His work is unique and has featured dogs, tulips, lobsters, even a large pile of playdough and cracked eggs.

Some have called his work lively and playful, while others refer to it as “childish” and “banal”, but for millions of his fans, his work stands out.

Koons’ stainless steel sculpture, Balloon Dog (Orange), was sold at an auction for $58.4m, turning him into the most expensive living artist of all time.

Throughout his career, his art has gone through several phases – from industrial production to ceramic statuettes, and even dabbling in sexuality.

But whether you are a fan of his work – or just discovering him for the first time – Koons is at the top of his game, inhabiting the worlds of high art and popular culture.

Jeff Koons talks to Al Jazeera to discuss his work, what he aims to express through his pieces, and the controversies surrounding his creations and his career.

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  1. I never heard som much bullshit..I mean he talk about real stuff, stuff that are thrue, but the work he make doesnt back it up, so it's just bullshit cover with his metal shine material. ….you know what he could do? Build a new museum in Egypt from that 58 million…and I am very open in art, I love componterary art…I am just bit close to bullshit 😉

  2. "Doha is bringing people together, is about inclusion". Tell that to the slaves who die everyday building this city where they will never be allowed to live.
    Further, he's no artist, he's a business man. He doesn't create the sculptures with his hands, he draw a sketch and pay people to do it for him and redo it and redo it until he's satisfied by the result. An impostor.

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