American artist Jeff Koons reproduces everyday objects and stylizes them to art. Some critics see him as a pioneer in art, others view his works as kitsch and self-merchandising. Koons created the Balloon Dogs, his best known work, in five unique versions, each in a different color, between 1994 and 2000. The orange one sold at Christie’s 2013 - at a record sum for a living artist.
Our Balloon Dog not only refers to the innocence and joy of the balloon toy but also to the artworks of Jeff Koons and the idea of intellectual property in art. A court decision denied Koons any ownership on the balloon dog because: “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.” What is your opinion?