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Making Art "Contemporary" and Funny

  • Nov 26, 2011
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In THAT IS PRICELESS, Steve Melcher takes famous and some not-so famous paintings and re-titles them with more contemporary titles that turn them into great visual gags. For example, Renoir's "Diana as Hunter" is retitled "Kim Kardashian Bags Her First Deer", Manet's "The Dead Toreador" becomes "The Phantom of the Opera Killed While Folding Towels", a series of Van Gogh's "Self-Portraits" become "Me Goofing Around in Mall Photo Booth", and van Dyck's "Drunken Silenus Supported by Satyrs" becomes "Santa Claus at Mardi Gras." Even though the book is clearly aimed at those who have a background in visual art, even those who have no art knowledge whatsoever are sure to get a few laughs from the book's juxtaposition of old paintings and witty one-liner titles. The book works well as a coffee table or bathroom book.

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