Jeff Koons Sues SF Gallery Over Balloon Dog Bookends

01/06/2011 1:33 PM |

Jeff Koons Sculpture or Bookend?

San Francisco art gallery and store Park Life recently received a cease and desist letter from none other than Chelsea-based superstar artist Jeff Koons over their resin balloon animal bookends, which said letter deems brazen rip-offs of the multi-millionaire’s muti-million-dollar stainless steel balloon animal sculptures (can you tell which is which in the image above? didn’t think so).

The Bay Citizen‘s Reyhan Harmanci writes that just before the holidays the gallery received a letter from Koons’s lawyers asking that the balloon dog bookends be pulled from shelves (and e-shelves), that the gallery provide information about the number that had already been sold and the company that manufactures them (Toronto’s imm Living). Jamie Alexander, co-owner of Park Life, did so, but is reasonably outraged by Koons’s claim of ownership of balloon dogs. She tells the BC: “This man can’t own something that existed before him.” Local copyright lawyer Simon Frankel is with her:

“The idea that Jeff Koons would have an exclusive right to make objects in the shape of a balloon dog simply because he made one is surprising and inconsistent … with copyright law,” said Frankel, noting that by that logic, Koons could also pursue legal action against balloon artists everywhere.

So there you have it, Jeff Koons is now the world’s only licensed balloon animal artist. Puppies start at about $2 million. See you at the state fair. (ANIMAL)

6 Comment

  • Perhaps their dogs were actually sausages and not balloons? While Koons may rhyme with balloon, it’s synonymous with asshole.

  • Completely absurd… This guys an egotistical ass….

  • Lemmi just add that Koons sculpture looks boring and flat. Whoever did the resin ones at the gallery did a much much better representation. 🙂

  • ArtistlnPA…..are you serious? Boring and flat? Koons art is GORGEOUS and is far superior in looks to the flat resin bookends pictured above. I have been a balloon artist for 14 years and Koons, in our world anyway when we get together at conventions, is adored for bringing ART to Balloons! When I see an object that is NOT made from a latex balloon in the shape of, what we call anyway, a Koons dog, my first thought is that he has agreed to let others replicate his work. He has taken the SHAPE of a balloon dog and made it PERMANENT which of course, our latex balloon dogs are not. You want to see REAL BALLOON ART….check out and check out Larry Moss.

  • this is RIDICULOUS! I love those bookends and thanks to him they’re impossible to get. I cant believe what a douche he is being, as there is not other word that can best describe him. If that is the case, he should have his lawyers call the dog toy company too…… What a greedy asshole.

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