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Emoji Art History [UPDATED]

by Hrag Vartanian on February 11, 2013

Ah, the simplicity of it all. A simple tumblelog post has evolved into a Twitter meme simply named #emojiarthistory.

Edvard Munch may be the only artist blessed with his own emoji, but it appears the emoji lexicon is quite flexible, particularly when it comes to art.

Here is the original Tumblr post by ladiesupfront.tumblr.com:

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Needless to say, after artist ManBartlett got his hands on this post he helped spawn a new hashtag. Here are some of our favorites:

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Screen Shot 2013-02-11 at 11.52.48 PMUPDATED: Some newer contributions to the continuing story of #emojiarthistory!

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And one museum gets into the game, creating emoji versions of work in their collection:

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And this wouldn’t be art history if certain things weren’t contested:

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And one of our readers sent this recent emoji-filled conversation she had with a friend:

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  • http://www.facebook.com/braydeeeuliss Braydee Euliss

    Haven’t been able to research this extensively, but I’m fairly certain photographer Jacinda Russell may the source of all this funny. I was lucky enough to be among the earliest recipients of her emoji art history texts in Dec. 2012. Her recreations were also posted to instagram. A few weeks ago, she posted a more finalized form to her blog.

    http://jacindarussellart.blogspot.com/2013/01/emoji-art-history-not-so-serious-side.html

    • http://www.facebook.com/braydeeeuliss Braydee Euliss

      Source is a strong word. Worth noting still.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.a.smith.5832 Sarah Alexandria Smith

    a little behind on this one, Hyperallergic

  • http://twitter.com/michael_connor michael_connor

    Not just Munch! Also Hokusai

  • http://www.facebook.com/yaelellieshenker Ellie Shenker

    You repeated the last image twice instead of using the first one! If silly texts I sent are going to inspire a meme I’d at least like it to make sense.

    • http://hragv.com Hrag Vartanian

      HA! Done. :) Thanks for encouraging a meme!

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.m.goldstein Andrew Goldstein
  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.m.goldstein Andrew Goldstein
  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.m.goldstein Andrew Goldstein

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffreyallenprice Jeffrey Allen Price

    Thanks #emojiarthistory contributors, very enjoyable. Please enjoy this blog of Art History PUNS Join in the FUN! http://jeffrey-allen-price-is-right.tumblr.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexis.granwell Alexis Granwell
  • http://www.facebook.com/alexis.granwell Alexis Granwell

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