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Title: That Is Priceless 
SubTitle: Arts Greatest Masterpieces… Made Slightly Funnier
Author: Steven Melcher
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Pub Date: 04/12/2011
Category: NONFICTION – ADULT: Art: History

Here’s another reason to look at some of those old masterpieces again, comedian Steve Melcher’s edgy blend of art, comedy, and pop culture in his popular blog-turned-book, ‘That Is Priceless’. If you’re into art but your kids or your boyfriend isn’t and you’d like to introduce them to some of the classics, show them this and they’ll not get bored and put it aside, they look at all the plates because the names Steven Melcher has given them are funny.

For example  a Carlos Schwabe is titled ‘Lady Gaga’s high school yearbook photo.’ A Toulous Lautrec is ‘Janis Joplin getting ready for the prom.’ A Burne-Jones oil painting is ‘Kate Moss teaching young models proper purging techniques.’ You get the idea.

The dates, the artists and the media is all listed as it should be, just the titles are changed and they allow us to see the works in a different light.

‘Kate Moss teaching young models proper purging techniques.’

From the Blurb

It all started when Melcher stumbled upon a postcard in a museum gift shop for Peter Paul Rubens’s The Finding of Erichthonius. Inspiration struck, and Melcher scrambled for a Post-it note and scribbled down what he thought was a more appropriate title: Worst Secret Santa Gift Ever. And with that, That Is Priceless was born. More than 150 images are gathered inside the book’s full-color pages—from Courbet’s The Desperate Man reimagined as Johnny Depp Realizing He Left the Oven On to Degas’s Portrait of the Artist James Tissot retitled as Portrait of the Artist in Mom Jeans.

Unfortunately, I only viewed it on my computer and the images came out a little dull, but I have no doubt that the print version will be high quality prints, and this is a book to get in print. It’s a perfect one for the coffee table, one to draw people together for a laugh and some art education all in one. It’d make a great Christmas gift.

 

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