Larry Gagosian & Damien Hirst have parted ways
Larry Gagosian is facing the loss of two of his most well known artists. Last week Damien Hirst’s company Science Limited announced; “Larry Gagosian and Damien have reached an amicable decision to part company.” It was only in January that Gagosian committed to showing the artist’s complete suite of spot paintings at all Gagosian galleries worldwide. The dealer has represented Hirst for 17 years.
Hirst’s departure was followed a day later by that of Yayoi Kusama, who has shown with Gagosian since 2009. (Another Gagosian artist – Jeff Koons – is still ostensibly in the stable, but has lined up a solo show at rival gallery David Zwirner in the New Year). In the mean time, Hirst and Kusama continue to be represented by White Cube and Victoria Miro/Ota Fine Arts respectively.
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Tagged Damien Hirst, David Zwirner, Jeff Koons, Larry Gagosian, Ota Fine Arts, Science Limited, Victoria Miro, White Cube, Yayoi Kusama
Apparel from Lisa Perry’s Koons inspired collection
Jeff Koons is no stranger to the world of fashion. In 2006 the artist collaborated with Stella McCartney on her Summer collection and last year shot an editorial for the September issue of Harpers Bazaar. His grinning mug even made it on to the cover of the January ‘Art’ issue of Harpers China.
Lisa Perry bangles and the Koons works that inspired them
The artist’s latest sartorial venture is with fashion designer Lisa Perry, who Koons has teamed up with to create a capsule collection inspired by some of his key works (including the 1986 steel sculpture ‘Rabbit’). But you better save your pennies if you fancy donning some artsy threads because they don’t come cheap – dresses start at $2,000. Perhaps that’s why Koons has thrown in a bangle option; a steal at only $300 a pop. Check out the full range here.
Russian billionaire Dasha Zhukova loves ink. When she released her art/fashion crossover magazine Garage (named after her Moscow-based contemporary art space) in August, she got the likes of Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Jake and Dinos Chapman, John Baldessari and Paul McCarthy to design tattoos to feature in the first issue. Now she’s backing Skin, a new documentary about tattoo culture directed by filmmaker Ryan Hope. While the trailer above doesn’t give much away, the doco follows the experience of five ‘human canvases’ who allowed themselves to be tattooed with designs by artists including the aforementioned Hirst and Koons as well as Richard Prince and Raymond Pettibon. Following its recent debut at The Garage in Moscow, Skin will screen at Christies in London on November 16th.
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Tagged Christies, Damien Hirst, Dasha Zhukova, Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Jeff Koons, John Baldessari, Paul McCarthy, Ryan Hope, Skin
A balloon dog yesterday
It’s a victory for balloon dog enthusiasts everywhere with the news that Jeff Koons has backed down from his intellectual property dispute with the makers and suppliers of a series of balloon dog bookends. Imm-Living, the manufacturers of the bookends and Park Life, the gallery that sells them, have both received letters from Koons’ lawyers stating that their fabrication and sale could continue under the provision that the product was not tied to Koons in any way (a little difficult given the artist’s hissy fit, no?).
Following the receipt of a cease-and-desist letter from Koons’ lawyers, Park Life took the bull by the horns and sued Koons, asking the federal court in San Francisco to declare that the business wasn’t infringing on the artist’s rights. Lawyer Jedediah Wakefield who was working pro bono for Park Life observed that Koons’ lawyers “…very quickly indicated they weren’t interested in putting up a fight.” Clowns the world over can breath a sigh of relief.
Jeff Koons, 'Balloon Dog (Yellow)', stainless steel with transparent color coating, 1994-2000
Jeff Koons is suing San Francisco gallery Park Life and Canadian manufacturing business Imm-Living for producing and selling bookends that he thinks resemble his ‘Balloon Dog’ sculptures. Koons (who has himself been sued on numerous occasions for appropriating popular imagery) claims that the businesses are violating his intellectual property.
The offending balloon dog bookends
But can Koons really copyright a balloon animal? As Park Life’s federal complaint asserts, ‘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.’ Despite cease and desist orders from Koons’ lawyers, Park Life continues to sell the bookends, for now.
Jeff Koons, 'Fingers between Legs', 1990, oil inks on canvas
New York gallery Luxenbourg & Dayan is exhibiting a selection of paintings from Jeff Koon’s controversial Made in Heaven series to coincide with the works’ twenty year anniversary. First shown at the 1990 Venice Biennale, the series of inkjet printed canvases and assorted sculptures feature the artist and his soon-to-be-bride (and now ex-wife) the Italian porn star La Cicciolina in a variety of compromising positions. Nine large scale paintings and a glass sculpture from the series are squeezed into Luxenbourg & Dayan’s small space until January next year.
Made in Heaven Paintings, Luxenbourg & Dayan, 64 East 77th Street, Manhattan, until January 21, 2011.
Jeff Koons with the 17th BMW Art Car
In April Leg of Lamb revealed Jeff Koons’ plans for BMW’s latest art car. The project has now reached fruition (see above) with the car set to race in the Le Mans 24 hour rally this Saturday. In an interview with Art Review, Koons said his design “symbolises the force of life, the microsecond of creation” which might explain why – with a stretch of the imagination – some have identified sperm-like designs across the car’s body. This is the guy responsible for Made in Heaven after all…
Jeff Koons' design concept for BMW
First it was Dakis Joannou’s yacht, now Jeff Koons is having a go at a racing car. The artist is decorating BMW’s next ‘art car’ for the Grand Prix at Le Mans this June. It’s the 17th in a series that began in 1975 with a paint-job by Alexander Calder.
Conceived after driving past Christmas lights at speed, Koons claims his design expresses “the aesthetics of winning”. The artist will sign the vehicle during a ceremony at the Pompidou Centre, Paris on June 1.
Dakis Joannou's yacht, 'Guilty'
This is Guilty, a 114-foot luxury yacht owned by Greek billionaire and major contemporary art collector Dakis Joannou. Its christening was attended by Larry Gagosian, Jeffrey Deitch and Marian Goodman and the black, yellow, purple and blue ‘camo’ paint job was created by none other than Jeff Koons. Inside, Guilty contains works by Anish Kapoor, David Shrigley, Martin Creed and Sarah Morris, among others. Pimpin’.