Friday, December 22, 2006

A question from Are Myklebust:

[The French artist Bertrand Lavier (1949 - ) has made a serial of artworks in different mediums he has called “Walt Disney Productions” (!!).

I found the following information on the Internet: “Bertrand Lavier: Walt Disney Productions, explores the tenuous realm between high art and the everyday. Lavier’s series, Walt Disney Productions, was inspired by a 1947 Disney cartoon that reflects a sophisticated play with the clich√© of Modernism. The original cartoon, entitled, "Very Abstract Lines," shows Minnie Mouse defending modern art to a skeptical Mickey as they visit an art museum in which caricatures of Modernist painting and sculpture abound. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Lavier usurped the artworks pictured in the cartoon, enlarging them and further manipulating them in the form of Cibachrome photographs imprinted on aluminum, aquatints, black-and-white photographs, photogravures, inkjet on canvas, and three-dimensional polyester sculptures, continuing to find in this theme new and fascinating permutations. Removed from the intentionally ironic atmosphere of the comic strip, these artworks hover between formal elegance and out-of-whack surrealism.”

I am very sure that this art installations was inspired by a Mickey Mouse newspaper Sunday page drawn by Manuel Gonzales (probably from 1947) – and not by a “Disney cartoon”, but does anyone know anything more about this – and/or has a copy of this specific Sunday page?]

Are clearly has more imagination than I do. Would anyone (who can see the things I do not) be able to help him?

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