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Ikea, Roy Lichtenstein, Digging Up Audrey [Feb. 26th, 2013|03:27 pm]
Tony Grist
Ikea has taken its meatballs off the menu because a batch turned out to be tainted with horse. Ailz had a lamb shank instead. I had beef.  We go to Ikea for the scented candles and cheap washing up brushes but always come back with much, much more.

Dave Gibbons thinks it's screwy that Roy Lichtenstein's paintings go for millions of dollars while copies of the comic books he was ripping off can be had for peanuts. I agree. Alastair Sooke devoted a whole episode of the Review Show  to arguing that Lichtenstein wasn't a one-trick pony. but I wasn't convinced. It's not that I hate pop art- I think Warhol is a god- only that I find Lichtenstein over-rated. Incidentally, Andy hit on the comic book idea independently and at the same time as Roy. When he saw Roy had got his stuff into the galleries first he switched to soup cans. Andy never stopped trying out new things; Roy, on the other hand, went on painting dots for the rest of his life.

There's an ad for some horrible chocolate bar that uses a computer generated simulacrum of the young Audrey Hepburn. It's not the first time this sort of thing has been done but I guess the joins are getting harder and harder to spot. I think it's tantamount to grave robbing.

[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2013-02-26 04:35 pm (UTC)
I like Lichtenstein a lot (see icon), but I admit I'm in the don't-know-much-about-art-but-know-what-I-like camp.

See also this strip (and I remember a similar one-panel gag at the time of a previous Lichtenstein exhibition):

Edited at 2013-02-26 04:35 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-02-26 05:04 pm (UTC)
I love the strip. Says it all in a nutshell.
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[User Picture]From: charliemc
2013-02-26 08:28 pm (UTC)
I knew years ago that it was only a matter of time before they'd be using deceased actors for commercials. I also believe that someday they'll use computer-generated 'actors' (people who are dead) to make movies and TV shows...

It is a sort of grave robbing. Will they have special Oscars for the best portrayals by a deceased actor??? Hahahahaha.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-02-26 09:51 pm (UTC)
I think they'll do it soon. The technology is good enough. The reanimated Hepburn in the beastly chocolate ad is remarkably lifelike.
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