|Move over Mona, you have competition in the parody parade.
|Duchamp may have been the
first, but certainly not the last.
|The Persistence of Cookies, Joel Schick
|Marge Simpson as seen by Vermeer?
Actually, it's the work of Dave Barton.
|Rockwellian parody--Some parody
art has more bite than humor.
With all due respect to Grant Wood, Norman Rockwell (left) may well be the most parodied American artist of all time. Some of the satirical images of his Thanksgiving Freedom from Want have become nearly as familiar as the original painting. The first key element in any art parody is familiarity; and Rockwell is nothing if not familiar. Actually, going beyond that, perhaps over-familiarity might be a better term. Second, is that the desecration of the sacrosanct work of art must be unexpected, which translates into humor, yet have a degree of topical relevance. Third, it must be technically adept. Clumsy art of any kind gets no respect. In parody, it becomes pretentious. Perhaps one of the most parodied works of art to be found anywhere involves Leonardo again, his Last Supper. However, as overly familiar as it is, the work is first of all too easy a target; and beyond that, too reverently beloved to carry with it the requisite humor, which parody demands. Glen Tarnowski's The Gathering (below), is a recent controversial example. The term, "sick," comes to mind.
|The Gathering, 2012, Glen Tarnowski. This is mild compared to some I've seen.