Royal Academy of Arts Announces Jeff Koons as New Honorary Member of the Royal Academy.

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LONDON.- Jeff Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania, 1955. He received his B.F.A. at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since his emergence in the 1980s Jeff Koons has blended the concerns and methods of Pop, Conceptual, and appropriation art with craft- making and popular culture to create his own unique iconography, often controversial and always engaging. His work explores contemporary obsessions with sex and desire; race and gender; and celebrity, media, commerce, and fame. In 2002, Jeff Koons received a Doctorate of Fine Arts, Honoris Causa, from The Corcoran in Washington D.C. Later, in 2008, he received an Honorary Doctorate from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since his first solo show in 1980, Koons’ work has been widely exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions. Recent solo shows include the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli