MasterClass announced that acclaimed contemporary artist Jeff Koons will teach a class on art and creativity.
Inventive and controversial, the award-winning artist shares an intimate reflection on his celebrated 35-year career and offers a rare look into his own work and artistic philosophy, from the inspiration behind the iconic Balloon Dog to an exclusive look at the production of one of his latest sculptures, Pink Ballerina.
“As the most commercially successful contemporary artist of our time, Jeff ‘s work reflects our innate desires for connection, and understanding” said David Rogier, founder and CEO of MasterClass. “In his MasterClass, he asks members to shed any doubt, and trust in their instincts. Anyone interested in the creative process or who has a desire to create something can learn from Jeff’s approach to art.”
Koons’ MasterClass will take learners through thought-provoking conversations about the history, purpose, and pleasures of art. The artist will guide the class to learn how to use color, scale, form, and texture to express ideas from sensations and communicate with others what already exists within us.
Breaking down the construction of his iconic Balloon Dog in a special case study, Koons will illustrate how form can contain meaning, and how a simple balloon can transform into a monumental and unforgettable work of art. Longtime admirers of Koons’ art will be especially excited to step into his stoneworking facility for a sneak peek at Pink Ballerina, a never-before-seen sculpture that has been in the works for nearly a decade.
“Art can be a vehicle that lets us transcend the self and through generosity lets us share this transcendence with the external world,” Koons said. “In my MasterClass, I’m going to ask you to be courageous, confident and not think of art as the finished product but as a process of becoming something vaster.”
Koons has become one of the most admired, influential, and vital artists of the postwar generation. Since his first solo exhibition in 1980, Koons has become one of the most exhibited artists throughout the world in major galleries and institutions, including the Whitney, Centre Pompidou, Museo Jumex, and the Guggenheim Bilbao.
Notably, he received the Governor’s Award for the Arts Distinguished Arts Award from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Koons was promoted by President Jacques Chirac from Chevalier to Officier of the French Legion of Honor for his ongoing strengthening of relations between France and the United States and he received the State Department’s Medal of the Arts for his outstanding commitment to the Art in Embassies Program and international cultural exchange, an honor presented by then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Koons’ class is now available exclusively on MasterClass, where subscribers get unlimited access with an annual membership to all 90+ world-class instructors, including Alicia Keys, Salman Rushdie, Walter Mosley, RuPaul, St. Vincent, Gordon Ramsay, and more.
Watch the trailer below: