More Art Humour [NSFW]

This blog seems to be going though a you’re-‘avin’-a-larf phase. Don’t worry! I’m sure it’ll grow out of it and return to serious matters such as Damien Hirst. Now! Now! Stop giggling at the back! Damien is a very serious artist, although, to be honest, when I heard he was on Desert Island Discs, my immediate reaction was “If Hirst was stranded on a desert island (with or without his eight records), would anyone bother to rescue him?” Today I found three humorous articles on the Huffington Post. The first one related to a prank by a Russian art group, Voina, who hung a banner showing the face of oft-imprisoned leader, Oleg Vorotnikov, off the side of London’s Tower Bridge. As part of the item, as is standard practice with the Huffington Post, there was a gallery of other ‘art pranks’. I particularly liked the one about George Clooney: “Hollywood’s big charmer George Clooney pulled one over on his best friend Richard Kind when he fooled him into hanging a hideous work of art in his home. Clooney found a huge, ugly work of art that had been left out on the street and started planning from there. He then started working “I can’t, I have art class” into conversation with Kind for a year. Then he presented the hilariously awful work and said: “My art teacher’s really proud of me but this (painting) is the first one we’re both really proud of. You’ve been so supportive, I want you to have it.” As a best friend should, Kind hung the piece over his couch for 2 years.” The other one I liked was a video about Cartrain and his response to Damien Hirst about  copyright. The second article was about an artist called Sarah Ferguson (not the former member of the Royal Family and not related to any former football managers) who has painted a series of portraits of Hillary Clinton. I like this one.

The final article had a link to a webpage by Flavorwire about a painter called Cesar Santos:

“Art history buffs will find plenty of Easter eggs in Cuban-American painter Cesar Santos’ Syncretism series. Combining references to periods as diverse as the Renaissance, Impressionism, and Abstract Expressionism with his own contemporary additions, Santos creates mash-ups that are ultimately all his own. A typical painting might show Mona Lisa with tattoos and a beanie or an angelic girl framed by an Alexander Calder mobile as well as a halo, throwing in a McDonald’s bag or an American flag bikini for good measure. On his website, Santos says he aims “to show images that transmit the impression of paintings of the past, but are imbued with contemporary, fresh concepts.” Since his modern take on Monet’s Luncheon on the Grass seems ripped straight from Central Park, it seems he’s succeeded.”

And since Mr Hirst has reared his head twice already, here is a spotty juggler from Santos’s website:

cesar_santos_juggler_with_damien_hirst_spots

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2 Responses to More Art Humour [NSFW]

  1. Love the George Clooney story! I like the irreverence of these altered works. A sense of humour is missing from art too often!

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