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Given that so much of Monty Python’s humor was predicated on testing and twisting codes of civility and decorum, it’s surprising their Flying Circus didn’t alight more frequently in that most stuffily decorous setting, the art museum. That said, in a memorable visit from the first season, John Cleese and Graham Chapman (in drag as mothers with a taste for corporeal punishment, naturally) take bites out of a Turner seascape.
In a skit from the second season, the subjects of the most famous paintings at London’s National Gallery go on strike. Mad about the way the galleries have been rehung, figures from John Constable’s “The Hay Wain” (1821), Jan van Eyck’s “The Arnolfini Portrait” (1434), and a host of paintings that aren’t actually in the National Gallery’s collection (including the Mona Lisa, Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus,” and Jacques-Louis David’s “The Death of Marat”) join the picket line. In an ensuing faux-news report, a Sotheby’s Old Masters sale bombs because the human figures in the works up for sale literally exit their painted environments to strike in solidarity.
In typically whimsical fashion, the very first episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus features a long gag about Pablo Picasso attempting to create a painting while cycling through the English countryside. Needless to say, the stunt does not go as planned.
The pandemic raged on, plus we were forced to learn about crypto-art.
From North to South America, artists used the bold colors, figuration, and appropriated imagery of Pop Art, but with a biting political message.
Yemen Blues brings their sonic blend of Yemenite, West African, and Jazz back to Joe’s Pub in New York City this December, featuring opener Ahmed Alshaiba.
Coralina Rodriguez Meyer invites women to reconnect with the indigenous and syncretic spiritualities of their ancestors to find new power.
A young, Black, gay man from the American South, Kelly was a determined, self-taught innovator who worked his way into the highest levels of international fashion.
Join designers, artists, educators, and publishers, including Sonel Breslav, Printed Matter’s Director of Fairs and Editions, for talks and conversations exploring artist book publishing.
Stephen Raw, the 69-year-old artist behind the project, has been photographing and collecting rusty objects since he was 17.
Researchers and artists are working to restore biodiversity in Kofele, Ethiopia, through a 50-meter tree nursery in the shape of a lion that will be visible from outer space.
Students can expect to pay significantly less than half the cost of attendance of equivalent private graduate programs, thanks to the college’s position in the State University of New York (SUNY) system.
Acclaimed director Jane Campion returns to film with an all-star cast featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, and more.
Detroit police received a tip that led them to Andrzej Sikora’s art studio, where police took James and Jennifer Crumbley into custody.
In 1962, Andy Warhol desperately wanted to be like his accomplished new pal, Marisol.