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*****= An all-time favorite
Fun with Famous Works of Art
by Bob Raczka
Reviewed December 11, 2005.
Available at Sembach Library (J 750.11 RAC).
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2005 (#1, Children's Nonfiction)
is one of those picture books that came in and got me laughing hard in
office. Then I brought it out and made
all my co-workers read it, then brought it home for my family to see. This is a fun and completely unusual way to
look at art.
Raczka took 26 paintings and paired them up into 13 “unlikely pairs.” As he says in the introduction, “I call them
unlikely because the works in each pair were either done by artists
completely different eras, or they were done in completely different
styles. Seeing them together in an
exhibit would be highly unlikely!
you’ll see, when you look at two very different pieces of art as a
mind automatically starts making connections between them.
Each pair seems to tell a funny story, and
it’s up to you to figure out what that story is.”
an example, there’s a painting of a sailboat on one side, then a pop
painting of a spray can on the other side, so it immediately looks like
spray can is propelling the sailboat. I
won’t tell any more, because it’s too delightful to figure them out for
book is great on several levels. First,
it’s funny—it will give you a good laugh. But
it also acquaints you with different artists and
styles of art. And it challenges your
mind, getting you to
look at the paintings in a completely new way. The
next time I go to an art gallery, I’m sure I’ll be on
for some unlikely pairs.
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