Exhibitions: "Gazing Ball" at David Zwirner and "Jeff Koons: New Paintings and Sculpture" at Gagosian Gallery

Not only did Jeff Koons set a new World Auction Record for a Living Artist, selling his Balloon Dog (Orange) for a whopping $58,405,000 in November, but the modern day king of pop art also became best friends with the queen of pop music in 2013.

In just a year, Koons has designed the cover of ARTPOP for Gaga (and many other sculptures), created a sculpture and box design for Dom Perignon, held exhibitions at both Gagosian Gallery and David Zwirner, done a series of interviews with Pharrell, and showed his famous BMW Art Car at Art Basel in December.

With such an impressive list of accomplishments in just 2013 alone, getting him out into the public and onto the radars of young people in big ways, Koons has shown no signs of slowing down; he has a major retrospective planned to hit the Whitney Museum in summer 2014. Oh, and we can't forget about the time Koons nearly broke the Internet after he decided to join Twitter and Instagram, cementing his desire to communicate with mass culture in bigger ways than ever before.