We have emojis for everything: highlighting gender and racial diversity that the original keyboard doesn’t, bringing Kim K’s butt to a digi-dimension, illustrating North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Now a gallery in LA have immortalised famous artists like Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama and Frida Kahlo in emoji form.
Cantor Fine Art, based in LA, began their Instagram project with René Magritte‘s painting, “The Son of Man”. From there, they’ve created portraits of Japanese multimedia artist Kusama, graffiti rebel king Jean-Michel Basquiat, pop artist Warhol (complete with Campbell's soup can) and a beret-wearing Pablo Picasso among others. Some are slightly more abstract: a diamond skull for Damien Hirst’s “For the Love of God”, a text convo for Lichtenstein’s famous speech balloons paintings and Marcel Duchamp’s signed toilet.
The gallery’s first post on IG recalled that “some emoji are direct references to famous artwork”, like the wave emoji, inspired by “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Katsushika Hokusai.
It’s a cool project, but unfortunately there are no plans to create an emoji keyboard with the artists just yet.
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