"We only move into the 21st century on the foundation of things that have been established long, long ago."
Installation view, "Jeff Koons," Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2008)
"I think that I’ve built a wide vocabulary to work with. I make paintings; I make sculptures. I make public works. And within the images themselves, some are more figurative and some are more abstract. Sometimes I’ll play a little game with myself where I’ll think, “Okay, did I ever make an artwork with a bird? Oh yeah, there was a bird on Buster Keaton (1988) and a bird on top of Stacked (1988). Okay, well what about a donkey? Oh yeah ... , Donkey (1999).” I’ve worked with a lot of different images, and I’ve always enjoyed the space it gives my work."