Saturday, May 26, 2012

30 Things "The Scream" Is Screaming, 15 (Is This Art?)

First example of Seurat Painting PhotoWhat I was wondering was whether there had ever been a live-action, or real-life, re-enactment of The Scream.  You know, like when they all dressed up as paintings on Arrested Development, or when they all dressed up as paintings on Modern Family, or probably when they did that on every TV show ever.  I figured they must have done The Scream because virtually every other painting appears to have had a 3D recreation. (There's a whole bunch of them here, but no The Scream.)

The practice of posing like a painting is called tableau.  Or, more sophisticatedly, a tableau vivant.  A tableau vivant of The Scream would seem simple, but for those colors. 

I found links to what appeared to be two such depictions, only to find that each link led me to the same article about a bride freaking out about her wedding and apparently tableau vivanting the painting, which just irritated me because I don't get why people freak out about their weddings.  To me, there is an inverse relationship between the amount of stress one feels about how perfect a wedding is and how valuable that person is to society, and topping off generic ruminations about wedding anxiety with a generic recreation of The Scream just makes me remember my Rachel-in-the-OC rage

I did find this, though:

That's Andy Warhol's version of The Scream, and it sold for 300,000 pounds at Sotheby's not long before The Scream sold to a sucker for $119,900,0900.

That's $191,367 in real money.

Question: How much do you think a recreation of Andy Warhol's reinterpretation of The Scream would sell for?

Extra Credit:  What, exactly, was Andy Warhol's contribution to the art world, as opposed to the world of commerce?

Today's Caption:

 But at least I've never
been on a cereal box!

Yet, Mr The Scream.  You mean yet.


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Andrew Leon said...

I think Warhol's version would give me headaches after a while.

I take it your not talking about the soup cans when you "as opposed to the world of commerce?" Because I'd say the soup cans. What else did he do that mattered? Besides write a stupid book that wasn't actually written at all?

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

His contribution to art is about as significant as Kim Kardashian's contribution to television. Though a lot of "modern" art is so lame. I was at the Grand Rapids Art Museum yesterday and this one "painting" was a green rectangle painted on top of a bigger gray rectangle. Oooh, there's skill for you. At least Warhol had to have a little talent I suppose to draw soup cans.

Have you ever seen the one he did of Elvis? I saw it at another art museum I went to once. I forget which one. Maybe Time Traveling Elvis posed for that one.

Jeremy Bates said...

I believe I would rather have seen a Salvador Dali version of The Scream were he alive. I bet that would be a trip. Warhol? Um, whatever some sucker would pay for it, I suppose. lol

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