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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 won't be much from the Corona era to look back on with pleasure, but the pictures of recreated works of art are definitely one of the rays of light.”
—Susanne Lenz, Berliner Zeitung

“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

“From a version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night made of spaghetti to Frida Kahlo self-portraits recreated with pets and toilet paper, these genius homages are sure to keep you entertained, whether or not you’re stuck at home.”
—Claudicet Pena and Arnesia Young, My Modern Met

“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

Getty Publications
Imprint: Getty Publications

2020