Second Jeff Koons ‘License’ Piece Revealed

By Kitty Jackson - Monday, June 5, 2017
Second Jeff Koons ‘License’ Piece Revealed

Following the recent revelation that Jeff Koons had used the work of a Ukrainian artist for the basis of his widely acclaimed inflatable sculpture at the Rockefeller Centre, Artdependence can reveal that a second piece of derivative work has been uncovered amongst Koons’ Antiquities series.

Second Jeff Koons ‘License’ Piece Revealed

Following the recent revelation that Jeff Koons had used the work of a Ukrainian artist for the basis of his widely acclaimed inflatable sculpture at the Rockefeller Centre, Artdependence can reveal that a second piece of derivative work has been uncovered amongst Koons’ Antiquities series.

On May 24, Artdependence revealed that Jeff Koons’ latest installation piece, a 45-foot inflatable ballerina, bore distinct similarities to a lesser-known work of Ukrainian porcelain titled ‘Ballerina Lenochka’. The original work was created by artist Oksana Zhnikrup.

Artdependence reached out to Jeff Koons LLC for comment. They responded, commenting: “We are aware of Oksana Zhnikrup’s work and have a license to use it for Mr Koons’ work”. The announcement has sparked widespread debate about the ethics of accreditation and licensing.

Artdependence have also spoken with Oksana Zhnikrup’s grandson who has confirmed that his mother was approached by Jeff Koons’ team and offered a licensing agreement for two porcelain sculptures. Zhnikrup produced the sculptures whilst working at the Kiev Experimental Ceramic and Art Factory, which closed its doors in 2006. 

Left: Oksana Zhnikrup, Ballerinas before Performance. Porcelain, 1960s  Source. Right: Jeff Koons, Ballerinas. Mirror-polished 
stainless steel with transparent color coating © Jeff Koons. 2010-2014 Source

It now appears that the second Zhnikrup sculpture licensed by Koons’ team has also been used as a basis for the artist’s work. Koons’ piece, a sculpture cast in mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent colour coating, is simply titled ‘Ballerinas’ and is almost identical in detail to a second porcelain sculpture from Oksana Zhnikrup.

Both pieces depict two ballerinas who appear to be preparing for a performance. One blond-haired ballerina is stooping to adjust the shoe of her companion, a dark-haired ballerina, who appears to be adjusting her tutu. In both pieces, the ballerinas are supported by a floating piece of pink cloth. It has not yet been confirmed whether this second sculpture from Zhnikrup is the same statue that fell under the initial licensing agreement. 

Kitty Jackson has worked as an arts journalist and writer for more than 10 years. She began her career as an Editorial Assistant at WhatsOnStage.com before moving to IdeasTap to become Assistant Editor. After four years Kitty moved towards digital content and began working with leading PR firm PHA Media, helping them to establish a digital department before moving to iProspect, where she was embedded within the digital content team creating content for leading brands including The Body Shop, Thomas Cook and British Gas. Kitty is now excited to return to the world of arts journalism at ArtDependence.

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