Modern Art in Midcentury Comics
September 10, 2023 10:27 PM   Subscribe

Modern Art in Midcentury Comics
For a while I've been collecting examples of 20th century comic strips and newspaper cartoons which include parodies of Modern Art. (I got some help from ask.meta last year!) I've now posted my collection on cohost, and I will add new ones as I find them.
Role: collector, curator
posted by moonmilk (5 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

That’s a fun read!

It does bring to light that whatever criticisms the comics did have about modern art, the modern art ended up infusing striking new forms in the comics themselves via the parody window that, silly or not, really stands out at a glance.
posted by ignignokt at 7:41 AM on September 11, 2023 [1 favorite]

Yes! It often looks like even as they were making fun of modern art, the cartoonists were really reveling in the opportunity to play with the styles.
posted by moonmilk at 7:47 AM on September 11, 2023

Tangentially related: The Connoisseur by Norman Rockwell

A-and this one is by me [In the late 1980s I won a cartooning contest with this joke; that sketch, which I no longer have, was a better drawing, including an artist standing by a sculpture. But the joke was the same.]
posted by chavenet at 1:10 PM on September 12, 2023 [3 favorites]

That's great- thanks for sharing it!
posted by moonmilk at 1:30 PM on September 12, 2023

Oh this rules, what a cool idea
posted by Suedeltica at 12:48 PM on September 23, 2023

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