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Two scandal: Hearst triumphant, Koons justifies

The story of Koons’s plagiarism flares up with a new force, but the capital of Qatar still saw the scandalous sculptures of Hirst.

The cycle of sculptures Demitna Hirst "Wonderful Journey" exhibited in Doha

Damien Hirst - one of the most scandalous artists of our time, gained fame for his controversial works like shark carcasses in formaldehyde. Another of his sensational installation called “A Wonderful Journey” after many years of “imprisonment” is still installed near the Sidra medical center in the capital of Qatar. It illustrates the process of the origin and development of life, from a large-scale image of a sperm cell fertilizing an egg cell, to a 14-meter-long newborn boy. The hospital has already placed a number of objects of modern art. The work of Hurst in the total mass of 216 tons will be the highlight of this collection. “We believe that the installation of Damien Hirst largely reflects Sidra’s mission to care for the health of the woman and child,” said Layla Ibrahim Bacha, a representative of the Qatar Government Foundation, who owns works of art exhibited at the medical center. Initially, 14 monumental bronze works were installed in 2013, but the authorities decided to hide them from the audience. An official statement said that this measure was taken to protect the sculptures during the renovation of the building. But many critics and viewers agreed that, in reality, the closure of the sculptures was associated with attacks by the public, who, to put it mildly, did not like the installation. “The journey that a child experiences before birth is grander than all that it experiences life after birth, ”Hurst commented on his work for Artnet News. And Sheikh Al-Mayass, head of the Qatari Museums Department, Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Tani, told the New York Times in 2013: “The Koran has a miracle of birth. This sculpture does not contradict our culture or our religion. "
  • Jeff Koons Sculpture "Made in Winter" before selling at Christie's in 2007. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP
  • Photo from the advertising campaign of the French fashion brand Naf Naf 1985

American history of plagiarism by Jeff Koons

We have already talked about how, until recently, the most expensive artist of our time, Jeff Koons (who, with his record of $ 90.2 million, ousted by David Hockney this fall), was again at the center of a legal scandal. Former creative director of the French clothing brand Naf Naf, Frank Davidovich accused an American artist of copying the plot and heroes of the 1985 Naf Naf advertising company called Fait D'Hiver.
Snowball claims in this case rolled with a new force, when the art director Naf Naf Elizabeth Bonami said that she conceived and performed the visual elements of advertising, which depicts a pig - a talisman of the brand, who came to the aid of a woman lying in the snow. “Frank always used every opportunity to make his name famous, always forgetting about me,” Bonami told Artnet News in an interview. “This is not very elegant.” She also said that Davidovich’s deed had also upset William Klein, the photographer who had taken the photo. Kuns had already been accused of plagiarism before. For example, in 1992, photographer Art Rogers noticed that Koons completely copied his picture for another sculpture from the Banality series. Then Roger won this case. In 2017, the Koons Bureau was accused of copyright infringement twice. First, by court decision, the artist paid compensation of 46 thousand euros to the widow of photographer Jean-Francois Boré, whose picture Koons repeated in his sculpture "Nudes". Then another famous sculpture, the inflatable Seated Ballerina, was exposed. It is a complete copy of the porcelain 19-centimeter figurine “Ballerina Lenochka” by Ukrainian artist Oksana Zhnruprup, who worked at the Kiev experimental ceramics and art factory from 1955 to 1987. However, the grandson and one of Oksana Zhnikrup's heirs, Maxim Lozovoi, told in an interview to the Ukrainian media that Koons had officially acquired the rights to use the image to create his work.
Recall that most of the sculptures are not made by Koons himself, but by the staff of his bureau Jeff Koons LLC. The artist himself says that he works primarily on a computer.Arthive: read us in the Telegram and look in Instagram
Based on artnet.com, artnews.com, The Guardian