I was at the Montclair Art Museum today, and stopped in the gift shop after my visit. I saw these on a shelf in the gift shop, and thought “those are some pretty good Jeff Koons Balloon Dogs, but what about the other animals?” I am not familiar with Jeff Koons having made any unicorns, giraffes, or elephants, so I inquired about these with the gift shop cashier … scroll down for more info.
It turns out these are a line of piggy banks made by a company called “Made By Humans,” (read their story here), and while they don’t reference the homage to Jeff Koons on the product page, it’s a pretty clear reference, and … I kind of like it. For $60, I could pretend that I have a mini-version of the one that sold for $58.4 million.
Is it bad to consider buying products that reference (or take ideas from) well-known art works? The other day I was considering some Halloween decorations that had a passing reference to Yayoi Kusama’s Pumpkins. I don’t know … I don’t have a problem admitting that I’ll never be able to afford the originals, so why not have some fun with some copies? I’ll admit that was exactly my mindset when I painted my own copies of the following Picasso and Matisse paintings, which I happily hang on the walls of my home. If you have any thoughts about copies or paying homage to famous art works, share your feedback in the comments section below.