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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Report from NY: Art imitating Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY is abuzz with aspiring artists hard at work forging replicas of oil paintings by the great masters.

Portraits by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) seem to be their subject matter of choice.

Oddly enough, the public seems to marvel in the work of these young artists. Tourists and art connoisseurs alike hover around them in droves - watching their every brush-stroke in sheer amazement. It makes for great performance art.

Not only do the artists imitate art by emulating these great works, but the public (myself included) is inspired to capture the moment with their digital cameras.

The photo on the right is my rendering of a tourist photographing an artist who is making a copy of a painting by Rembrandt.

No flash allowed.

Art imitating Art imitating Art.

The conga line of inspiration and eternal creativity.

Where will it end?