Famous US artist Jeff Koons has been forced to acknowledge reproducing the work of a Ukrainian artist for a 45-foot-tall inflatable sculpture on display at New York’s Rockefeller Centre, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Ukrinform.
“We are aware of Oksana Zhnikrup’s work and have a license to use it for Mr Koons’s work,” said his spokeswoman.
The statement was made after the scandal broke out in social networks regarding the very great similarity of the new Koons’s sculpture with the porcelain figurine by well-known Ukrainian sculptor Oksana Zhnikrup, who was born in 1931 and worked for the Kyiv Experimental Art Ceramics Factory. The original publicity material for the piece said the work was inspired by a porcelain figure “found at a Russian factory at the turn of the 20th century”.
The 14-meter-tall Seated Ballerina inflatable sculpture was installed at the Rockefeller Center in New York. Jeff Koons, 62, is known for his kitsch, large-scale reproductions of everyday items, including a series reproducing inflatable animals.
The High Court in London has rescheduled its verdict due to be taken on May 26 on Russia’s claims against Ukraine after the Ukrainian government defaulted on $3 billion in bonds issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin in December 2013 to bail out his former Ukrainian counterpart and ally, Viktor Yanukovych, just months before the latter was toppled and fled to Russia, according to UNIAN.
“At a hearing before Mr Justice Blair in the High Court in London on May 26, 2017, the Judge considered various outstanding matters that follow on from the summary judgment decision issued by the Court on March 29, 2017. In particular, the Court heard Ukraine’s application for a further suspension of the judgment becoming executable until such time as Ukraine’s appeal to the English Court of Appeal has been concluded, which would not be before 2018,” the ministry reported on its website on Friday, May 26.
“Given the complexity of the involved issues, the Judge decided to reserve his Judgment. The Judge will therefore take some time following today’s hearing to consider matters further, before issuing his decision in due course,” it said.
It should be recalled that on March 29 the court approved a motion for expedited consideration of Russia’s lawsuit against Ukraine regarding the so-called “Yanukovych $3 billion debt,” having not recognized the validity of Ukraine’s arguments in this case. Yet, the court authorized Ukraine’s appeal against the ruling and temporarily froze any debt recovery action.