Happy or sad, angry or mad, there’s an emoji for every emotion.
So it was only fair when the people at the LA-based Cantor Fine Art Gallery let their imaginations run wild and created an abstract World of Emojis, like it was already trending with the Kimojis and EmotiKarls, and envisioned famous historic artists as emojis.
Andy Warhol was one of the key figures known for popularising the Pop Art movement. He was best known for his colourful interpretations of Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn Diptych) after she passed away in 1962 and for popularising the Campbell’s soup can solely because he’d been having it for lunch every day, for twenty odd years. The emoji-version of him becomes our new way of saying 'just chilling'.
The Spanish surrealist painter, with an exaggerated moustache, had a vision for merging illusion with reality. His best known work of art was his melting ‘clocks’ painting, ‘The Persistence of Memory’, which he claimed was inspired from a sight of melting cheese. We think the emoji looks justified.
The English graffiti artist, best known for his thought-provoking street art, caused quite the stir with his art exhibit in Somerset, England, where he displayed a distorted version of everyone’s favourite Disneyland. The emoji of a little girl looking distressed as she loses her balloon is everything characteristic of a subtly sadistic and not-always-a-happy-ever-after Banksy story.
With the audacity to pull off a unibrow and a faint moustache (that she intentionally darkened with a pencil), Frida Kahlo became the most inspirational female artist of her time, known for her remarkable self-portraits that used a single subject (Frida herself) to convey different stories and emotions, all the while looking right at you. Do you see it now, the emoji staring right at you?
While other artists spent hours creating the perfect symmetry (or asymmetry) in their paintings, it was Jackson who broke through and turned the art world upside down with his splatter and drip action paintings that made no sense yet made all the sense. And the emoji-version of him couldn’t be more right.