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.
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.
Leg of Lamb managed to catch the tail end of Whitney Bedford’s first solo exhibition at Starkwhite in Auckland last weekend. Working with ink and oil on board, the LA painter presented romantic seascapes that refer obliquely to the artist’s varying emotional states and personal relationships. Like shipwrecks, Bedford uses paint to sink her images. Recalling academic conventions (enhanced by the excellent cluster hang), Bedford’s paintings of blushing icebergs, grand ships and blooming fireworks also operate as abstracted sites of catharsis.
From here to there finished on Wednesday, but Bedford has also guest-curated a group exhibition entitled Art/Music, Alchemy that runs at Starkwhite until February 21, 2011.
Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art have emerged relatively unscathed from Brisbane’s recent floods (said to be the worst in 118 years). While there was flooding in front of house areas and in the children’s centre, no artworks were damaged – a number were relocated to higher levels as a preventative measure. Despite this, both galleries remain closed until further notice.