Sunday, January 23, 2011
TWISTED: KOONS GOING AFTER BALLOON DOG BOOKEND MAKERS
The bookends sell for $30. Koons, who makes similarly sized (10 1/2 inches) balloon dogs for up tot $12,500. We're sure there's lots of confusion out there in the retail marketplace as to what's a Koons and what's a copy of...well, a balloon dog.
Koons is seeking to prevent Imm-Living, a Toronto company, from manufacturing the dogs (image, right), and Park Life, a San Francisco gallery, from selling them. Meanwhile, balloon dogs proliferate everywhere as key rings, designs on shirts and of course at kiddie parties. Bring in the clowns.
Read the full enchilada and wonky legal analysis at The New York Times.
Above: Librado Romero/The New York Times: A 10-foot-tall version of Jeff Koons's "Balloon Dog" sculpture on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.