Off the Walls: Inspired Re-Creations of Iconic Artworks
When life (in a global pandemic) imitates art . . .
Van Gogh’s Starry Night made out of spaghetti? Cat with a Pearl Earring? Frida Kahlo self-portraits with pets and toilet paper? While the world reeled from the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), thousands of people around the globe, inspired by challenges from Getty and other museums, raided toy chests, repurposed pantry items, and enlisted family, roommates, and animals to re-create famous works of art at home. Astonishing in their creativity, wit, and ingenuity, these creations remind us of the power of art to unite us and bring joy during troubled times. Off the Walls: Inspired Re-Creations of Iconic Artworks celebrates these imaginative re-creations, bringing highlights from this challenge together in one whimsical, irresistible volume.
Getty Publications will donate all profits from the sale of the book to a charity supporting art and artists.
“There’s not a lot about this spring that we can really look back on with fondness. But the Getty’s viral art challenge left us laughing and impressed, so we’re glad we have another excuse to revisit it.” —Michael Juliano, Time Out
“Getty professionals have put together a selection of these impressive, life-affirming recreations in a new publication.” —Gareth Harris, The Art Newspaper
“At the beginning of quarantine the elves at Getty asked themselves how art could be a tonic for people stuck at home twiddling their thumbs. Their answer was to issue their readers with a challenge: pick a favourite artwork, find three objects in your house, recreate the artwork with those items, share it online. This is a collection of those photographs. Some are ingenious, others endearing, others laugh-out-loud funny. I particularly liked the self-portraits of Van Gogh, with Vincent replaced by a dog. And the loo rolls replacing the Elizabethan ruff is nothing short of inspired.” —Marcus Berkmann, Daily Mail
“Unimaginably creative.” —Nancy Stetson, Fort Myers Florida Weekly
144 pages 6 x 5 1/4 inches 405 color illustrations ISBN 978-1-60606-684-3 paperback