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Wednesday, 24 March 2004


GI JOE PLAYS RUBENS: BUT IS IT ART?


Ananova reports that a Chilean artist, Pablo Ferrer, has opened an exhibition in which he recreates famous paintings with plastic toys. He uses toys from the GI Joe range - the US equivalent of the European Action Man - to recreate masterpieces by the likes of Rubens. He says his ‘Liliput to Brobdingnag’ exhibition, at the Gabriela Mistral Gallery, is intended to be humorous. Mr Ferrer told Las Ultimas Noticias: "I think that my work has something funny about it because it shows an ironic view on the history of art. Also it makes you think about the phoney side of the paintings".

The IPKat wonders whether the choice of Old Masters such as Rubens was dictated by a fear of copyright infringement if the works of modern artists were treated in the same manner. Having seen the illustrations on the Ananova site, he is quite unsure as to whether there is sufficient copying to support an infringement claim.

Humorous art here, here, here and here
Serious art here, here and here
Things you might not have known about Liliput here, here and here

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