Omnipresent neoliberal Pop artist and 'Balloon Dog' millionaire
Despite a show of his ‘blue balls’ paintings at Gagosian Beverly Hills and another at Almine Rech in London, it hasn’t been the most positive year for the former stockbroker: Paris has yet to find a site for his Bouquet of Flowers, gifted to the city last year as a mark of solidarity following the November 2015 attacks, with the city baulking at the expense of manufacturing and installing the 30-ton work. (Koons donated the concept, not the finished work; one critic called it a ‘poisoned chalice’.) Despite this, Koons remains undeterred, focusing on a series of bags being created with Louis Vuitton: a Mona Lisa backpack or a Rubens duffel, anyone? When it comes to an unruffled engagement with capitalism and the smoothest of productions, Koons remains king.