Jeff Koons, born in York, Pennsylvania, in 1955, is regarded as the most successful contemporary living artist. No contemporary sold his works for a higher price, and no one makes art dealers as rich. As unquestioned as American’s success is, his creative achievements are controversial. For many, he is a mere showman and cynical businessman. Others consider him a genius and his works defining.
Yayoi Kusama (草間 彌生, born March 22, 1929) is a contemporary Japanese artist of numerous art genres, including painting, sculpture, film and installation. At the beginning of her work, Kusama moved to New York in 1958 and quickly established herself as an important member of the avant-garde alongside Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and Eva Hesse. Kusama is a super-star of the art world, a seismographer of the Zeitgeist, a critic of power structures, an innovative thinker.