Included in his 1988 exhibition “Banality,” Jeff Koons‘ Naked sculpture featured a naked boy and girl standing side-by-side jointly holding a small bouquet of flowers. The wife of the late-great Parisian photographer Jean-François Bauret has come forth to state the American artist plagiarized her husband’s photograph that bares quite the resemblance. The woman, Claude Bauret-Allard, has contacted both Koons and the Centre Pompidou in Paris where it was expected to be a part of a retrospective installation, however she has yet to receive a response in the matter. On December 17, Koons was also accused of plagiarizing a 1985 advertisement for French clothing brand Naf Naf. Franck Davidovici, the Frenchman who created the ad in question, has claimed that Koons’ 1988 sculpture Fait d’Hiver is a reproduction of his work, and will likely pursue legal action against the contemporary artist. For a look at the artwork in question, head over to artnet.
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