Koons' representative admits copying Zhnikrup's statue under license

By Anna Savitskaya - Thursday, May 25, 2017
Koons' representative admits copying Zhnikrup's statue under license

Yesterday late at night Artdependence received the following response from Lauran Rothstein from Jeff Koons LLC: «We are aware of Oksana Zhnikrup’s work and have a license to use it for Mr. Koons’s work».

Koons' representative admits copying Zhnikrup's statue under license

After publication of the article in Artdependence Magazine about a striking resemblance of Koons' ‘Seated Ballerina’ sculpture at Rockefeller Centre in New York, with the work of Ukrainian artist Oksana Zhnikrup, Artdependence turned to Jeff Koons, his team and also Gagosian Gallery (representing Koons) for comments.

Yesterday late at night Artdependence received the following response from Lauran Rothstein from Jeff Koons LLC: «We are aware of Oksana Zhnikrup’s work and have a license to use it for Mr. Koons’s work».

On the request to Jeff Koons to answer a few short questions about the impression the statue of Oksana Zhnikrup's «Balerina Lenochka» made on the artist and also what other works have been made under license, the artist's representative said that Koons is busy and he already has previously made commitment for this week.

AD will be trying to get in contact with Jeff Koons later on to find out more details about the deal and artist’s licensing practice.  

Image above: Oksana Zhnikrup, Ballerina Lenochka, source.

Anna is a graduate of Moscow’s Photo Academy, with a previous background in intellectual property rights. In 2012 she founded the company Perspectiva Art, dealing in art consultancy, curatorship, and the coordination of exhibitions. During the bilateral year between Russia and The Netherlands in 2013, Perspectiva Art organized a tour for a Dutch artist across Russia, as well as putting together several exhibitions in the Netherlands, curated by Anna. Since October 2014, Anna has taken an active role the development and management of ArtDependence Magazine. Anna interviews curators and artists, in addition to reviewing books and events, and collaborating with museums and art fairs.

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