untangling the awkward relationship between art and money

Jeff Koons’ balloon dog case blows.

And in other news, clowns the world over can breathe a collective sigh of relief – Jeff Koons has dropped the case in which he claimed copyright over balloon dogs. Koons sued San Francisco bookshop, Park Life, for selling book ends fashioned to look like balloon dogs, claiming that they infringed his copyright and intellectual property rights. In their response, Park Life’s lawyers observed that: “as virtually any clown can attest, no one owns the idea of making a balloon dog, and the shape created by twisting a balloon into a dog-like form is part of the public domain”.


(Image via www.festivals-and-shows.com)

2 Responses to “Jeff Koons’ balloon dog case blows.”

  1. Francesca

    ‘High chromium stainless steel with transparent color coating’ – more similar to the description of a sustainable vehicle than a ‘Balloon Dog’. The finished product is both aesthetically pleasing and outlandishly kitsch, however Koons could never have claimed this concept to be of his own genius. Does anyone recall the ‘Garland of dogs’? (An image appropriated from a postcard). Has anything else eventuated form this case since March?

  2. Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios

    All quiet on the Western Front, as far as I know, Francesca. I’m sure Art Rogers (the photographer in the ‘String of Puppies’ case) would see the irony. Exactly like Obama/Hope poster and AP vs. Shepard Fairey and Shepard Fairey vs. Obey Steeler Baby.


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