NPR reported yesterday that images of Lt. John Pike of the UC Berkeley Campus Police, instantly notorious for his part in pepper-spraying student protesters Friday, were being pasted into scenarios featuring famous works of art, including Munch’s Scream and Seurat’s Grand Jatte. The story is partly an anatomy of a “meme,” a bit of roving, displaced internet content that is repurposed and retransmitted, sometimes far from it’s original context and meaning. What it doesn’t talk about is the way the artworks that are being pasted onto are themselves memes- and form a baseline visual backdrop for current internet commentary: Seurat has achieved his dream of making “art for the museums” (i.e. timeless) although not quite in the way he might have expected!
also by Bill Davenport
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- Helmreich New Dean of Fine Arts at TCU - April 25th, 2015
- Two Cents for Houston's New Cultural Plan - April 25th, 2015
- New Art Lands in the Woodlands - April 24th, 2015
- Bob Wade Revamps First Public Sculpture - in Waco! - April 19th, 2015