Tuesday, July 25, 2006

More Puppies



String of Puppies, 1988 by Jeff Koons, various collections.

Koons took this image off a card licensed by the photographer and reproduced it. He was sued and the court found that it was copyright infringement. Koons claimed it was an image of everyday life that he reproduced.

More "fair use" info.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surprise, surprise another sheister "artist" illustrating that his true art is making a show of himself. Sad and lame like so many of todays clowns in the art world

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surprise, surprise, another person with a 2nd grade understanding of modern conceptual art. Sad an lame like so many of todays general publi. . . err. . . clowns.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I think that Anon #1 is way off base with his comments, he does raise a point that always interested me: regarding graphic art such as this (as opposed to performing art) that is: an artist "making a show of himself". At what point does an artist's personality, ego, etc. become a distraction. Should an artist's personality/ego ever be on display (again speaking strictly in regard to graphic art.)?

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I think that Anon #1 is way off base with his comments, he does raise a point that always interested me: regarding graphic art such as this (as opposed to performing art) that is: an artist "making a show of himself". At what point does an artist's personality, ego, etc. become a distraction. Should an artist's personality/ego ever be on display (again speaking strictly in regard to graphic art.)?

3:18 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

Anon #3 do you think Anon #1 is making his comments based on prior knowledge of Koon's personality - because there is no doubt his ego and past antics could cloud a person's opinion of him.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK - once again I'm in over my head. I don't anything about Koon's personality & past "antics"; but if Koon is a "high profile" personality, at what point does that "high profile" begin to detract (if it does at all) from the art. Should a graphic artist maintain a low profile in his/her art. And if not, why not? Is Koon merely a self promoter? And if he is, is this still art?

3:39 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

Koons is not really a graphic artist, as the definition goes. He is a self-promoter of the highest order - just check out google images. It all comes back to the "is it art" question that has been featured here for a couple of weeks. Koons would tell you it is art, he uses a workshop-method to create his art, so sometimes he does not even participate in it's creation. There is no doubt that he is a character and he became notorious during the 80's "artist as larger than life personality" boom so he fit right in. Again, it comes down you the viewer to accept his work as art, or to reject it.

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please educate me. Why would the work displayed here not be art?

1:52 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

I'm the wrong one to ask because I think it is kitschy art, but art.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitsch

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Martha. From my limited knowledge, I would agree. BTW, I truly enjoy your blog! I view it everyday at lunch.

2:02 PM  
Blogger The Renzntzman said...

In reading the entire article, I found it interesting that Koons gave the postcard to his assistants to reproduce the work. And yet, the work is attributed to Koons. This brings up a good question: If an artist uses assistants who do most of the work, should the artist be given credit? (and I am talking major chunks of the work...not helping with set-up like Chuck Close's asst.)

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surprise, surprise Anon 2 - you've been drinking Picasso flavored Kool aid. I'm sure you voted for President Bush defender of the world also - sucka

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What amazes me is how anyone got those puppies to sit so still for the picture. Art aside, that's short of a miracle.

2:57 PM  
Blogger SAUL GOODE SUCKA said...

Saying that Koons doesn't deserve credit for works in which he uses a group of assitants is stupid, it's the concept which makes the work. That's like saying Duchamp's fountain should be credited to the wholesale urinal firm that he ordered it from...
Koons isn't just a kitsch revivalist either, his work is more Social Commentary/Critisizm. x

3:43 PM  

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