Today, Emily and I were treated to a tour of Jeff Koons studio. Wow. This is not your every day artist studio, this is a serious art shop. Koons, who I never realized until day, is so incredibly proficient that his work runs the gamut working with a variety of materials to create sculptures as well as oil paintings. There are 110 people that work in the studio. Emily and I talked about it afterward, it is as if he is an architect of art. His staff executes on his visions like a Warhol factory. Genius.
The first area we walked into is where the people mix the paints. Each color is given a number and there is a crew that literally just creates and mixes the colors. This particular piece is broken down by number to what color goes where. Think paint by numbers squared.
The next area was a variety of objects that Koons is working on for his
next large installation…no photography allowed except for this statue
of a gorilla. This particular object originally came from a gum ball machine in LAX and Koons decided to bring it to life. Here it is
in plaster but I believe this was one of the first replicas until it was made in stone. Just part of the process.
After leaving that area we walked into a huge room where large canvases were being worked on. He produces about 6-8 of these a year, each take a serious amount of time. If they are needed in a hurry, he will have people working on them in shifts over 24 hours.
Check out all the different colors. Makes the Sherwin-Williams paint colors seem juvenile.
A total wow. Koons has had quite an interesting life. What I did not know is that he became a commodities broker while establishing himself as an artist. Love that. Certainly his work has made an impact world wide. His work is in some of the finest museum collections across the globe fetching millions of dollars for each piece. Seeing how his work is made from start to finish, first hand, was truly a serious treat. I'd love to see an exhibit of all the artists that work in the lab titled Jeff Koons studio work, literally. I would imagine it would be a broad range and would be interesting to see all the peoples work behind his.