This Is The Remix…Of Classical Painting

Kanye meets Monet in this mashup series by artists Gisella Velasco and Toni Potenciano. For their Fly Art Tumblr page, the duo create clever images pairing popular hip hop lyrics with famous paintings. The Mona Lisa gets tricked out with words by the equally-infamous Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna calls out some of Whistler’s Mother’s naughty secrets.

Top Photo: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, Pablo Picasso (1907) / Single Ladies, Beyonce

da Vinci - Nicki Minaj
Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci (c.1503) / Super Bass, Nicki Minaj

Ingres - Lauryn Hill
Grande Odalisque, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1814) / Doo Wop, Lauryn Hill


Degas - Fergie
Dancers practicing at the barre (1877), Edgar Degas / Fergalicious, Fergie feat.

While the irony and irreverence of the series is humorous, comparing these two very different artistic forms provokes some serious questions about popular culture. What becomes popular and why? How do people use art and music to translate what is happening in our world? And are certain cultural ideas in fact ‘timeless’ and simply being addressed in different ways throughout history?

Magritte - Eminem
The Familiar Objects (1928), Rene Magritte / The Real Slim Shady, Eminem

Fra Angelico - MC Hammer
Noli Me Tangere (1442), Fra Angelico / U Can’t Touch This, MC Hammer

Velasco and Potenciano are sure to spark both laughs and musings in their snarky, smart work. Ultimately, however, the artists assert that their goal is simple: to “[pay] homage to the good things in life: fine art and fresh hip hop.” All I can say is that my love for Fly Art has got me lookin’ crazy right now.

Hopper - Daft Punk
Summer Evening (1947), Edward Hopper / Get Lucky, Daft Punk feat. Pharrell

Bouts - Snoop Dog
Hell (1450), Dirk Bouts / Drop It Like It’s Hot, Snoop Dogg feat. Pharell Williams

Pio Ricci - Destiny's Child
Elegant couples in interiors, Pio Ricci / Independent Women, Destiny’s Child

Whistler - Rihanna
James McNeill Whistler, Whistler’s Mother (1871) / S&M, Rihanna

Kiyomine - Missy Elliot
Kiyomitsu II, Torii Kiyomine / Work It, Missy Elliott

Dali - Outkast
The Persistence of Memory (1931), Salvador Dali / Ms. Jackson, Outkast

Via: Beautiful/Decay

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