Koons Wins Legal Case

Artnet reports that Jeff Koons has won a legal art dispute over the usage of a fashion photo in his piece Niagara, 2000. The neo-Pop artist, who famously appealed his 1988 String of Puppies copyright-infringement case all the way to the Supreme Court—and lost—has been dragged into court once again for copying another artist's work. For a seven-painting commission for the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, Koons drew on part of a photograph taken by Andrea Blanch titled Silk Sandals by Gucci and published in Allure magazine. In his decision, judge Louis L. Stanton of US District Court found that Niagara was indeed a "transformative use" of Blanch's photograph. Blanch, a twenty-year veteran of the photo world, has filed to appeal the ruling. Irish Art