Art to me is a humanitarian act and I believe that there is a responsibility that art should somehow be able to effect mankind, to make the word a better place.

— Jeff Koons

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I'm making some of the greatest art being made now.

It'll take the art world ten years to get around to it.

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Art is obsolete now. New technologies are taking over.

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The entertainment industry, the advertising industry have taken [the] tools from the art world and made themselves much more politically potent. We are really devastated and very impotent right now. A photographer just working for an advertising company has a platform to be much more politically effective in the world than an artist.

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I've always enjoyed feeling a connection to the avant-garde, such as Dada and surrealism and pop art. The only thing the artist can do is be honest with themselves and make the art they want to make. That's what I've always done.

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I know how art has come in and really changed my life, so to give these children that opportunity just to come into contact with art - that's wonderful.

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For me, art really starts with acceptance, self trust.

Wherever you come to with art, its perfect. You dont have to come with anything. What you bring to something is the art. Thats where its found. Its found within you.

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Nothing can touch me now - I'm Jeff Koons and my art can defend me !

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I love the gallery, the arena of representation.

It's a commercial world, and morality is based generally around economics, and that's taking place in the art gallery.

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I'm basically the idea person. I'm not physically involved in the production. I don't have the necessary abilities, so I go to the top people.

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The first thing that any good artist has to develop is a sense of independence from the artworld. What really destroys a young artist is insecurity, the fear that everything could be taken away at any moment.

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Abstraction and luxury are the guard dogs of the upper class.

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My work is a support system for people to feel good about themselves.

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About Jeff Koons

Quotes 42 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Artist
Birthday October 16

I'm interested in power. I'm interested in the kind of polarities and equilibriums that take place within sexuality and philosophy and sociology. So in Versailles, in this type of setting, you have a place that is about absolute control, where everything has been thought about.

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I believe that my art gets across the point that I'm in this morality theater trying to help the underdog, and I'm speaking socially here, showing concern and making psychological and philosophical statements for the underdog.

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As morality seems to have supplanted civilization, I move on to the spiritual.

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I was always an artist. I was a broker to earn a living, but I was always thinking about my art.

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I believe in advertisement and media completely.

My art and my personal life are based in it. I think that the art world would probably be a tremendous reservoir for everybody involved in advertising.

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Even before I had children I wanted the intensity of my life to get greater.

I wanted to feel things more strongly. I wanted my intellectual parameters to expand. But it comes back to your own desire to be engaged and to live up to your parameters.

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It's about the production of the work. I need my workers to stay focused.

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I try to be a truthful artist and I try to show a level of courage. I enjoy that. I'm a messenger.

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I learned a lot about the images of pornography and how much they dealt with close-up, when a person is at their most vulnerable and having to reveal details about themselves. I wanted to combine the eternal in two different manners. There is the biological eternal - here is our species reproducing - and then the transparent, spiritual aspect of it.

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A photograph for me does not have a sense of spiritual seduction, it does not have an essence, that this is something that permeates and which is eternal through time.

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I would prefer a normal-sized breast, or a small breast or whatever, and that it be natural, than to understand that it was just some jelly in there.

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People have different ideas, emotional ideas, of what certain words mean, and they think of irony as something that's more associated with being cynical-it's kind of a put-down.

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The media, the galleries, the collectors - it's all very chaotic actually.

The artworld doesn't have this defined corporate structure that people imagine.

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The job of the artist is to make a gesture and really show people what their potential is. It's not about the object, and it's not about the image; it's about the viewer. That's where the art happens.

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Art is something that happens inside us.

We look at things in the world, and we become excited by them. We understand our own possibilities of becoming. And that's what art is.

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My process of being inspired is very intuitive. Im constantly following my interest.

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It's wonderful to make a lot of money, to be able to take care of my family, to have the facilities I have and really support the people the studio's involved with. But at the end of the day I'm quite simple as an artist-it's really about the power of art.

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I want my work to be accessible to people.

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I think about my work every minute of the day.

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When I view the world, I don't think of my own work.

I think of my hope that, through art, people can get a sense of the type of invisible fabric that holds us all together, that holds the world together.

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I thought I would call myself a pig before the viewer could, so they could only think more of me.

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The moment we live in is a great time to make art.

We have different technologies to play with, and we're left with the opportunity to focus on our work.

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I try to create work that doesn't make viewers feel they're being spoken down to, so they feel open participation.

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I'm really not a person who consumes a lot. I don't have a sports car.

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I don't like being naïve about the market, and I always try to make things as great as I can. Then I hope that there's an audience that enjoys them, and that hopefully those things get protected.

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When people make judgments they close all the possibility around them.

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I believe in sensuality. I believe in sex. I believe in the survival of the species. I like aspects of things that are ethereal, but I like the reality of nature and embracing the way nature works, and aspects of interrelationships between male-female, aspects of the body, the way the body has changed over thousands of years . . .

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I don't think irony is about judgment;

I think irony is something like, "Oh, that's interesting," because it's not something I think one starts off to achieve. I think it's just something that presents itself. And if it does, I find it's usually optimistic, not negative in its terms.

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Anything you can do to protect the public and allow it to have the confidence that our financial controls are good is very, very positive.

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