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
Diana Kortbeek is since 1979 one of the fixed values in the Dutch art world. She exhibits worldwide and counts great collectors to its clientele. The unique shapes of her sculptures deliver orders at a global level, such as the prestigious Premier Rampe Prix of the annual Cirque Monaco, and the Elegance Award. Diana is always looking for the essence and simplicity of form. Initially in pictures, later in paintings – mostly abstract and very colorful, with warm colors bring the character. With the introduction of the iPad she has found a new spectaculair way to express her creativity. Her iArts are created on the iPad and are distinctly different from her other work – refreshing and innovative.