The marriage of art and kitsch

January 31, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Posted in art | Leave a comment
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I loved the article in Sunday’s Observer New Review about the Barbie parodies of famous portraits.   I have always had an unshakeable love for the girl from Mattel: the day my parents bought me a four storey Barbie mansion was one of the happiest days of my life.  The day my nephew threw one of my darling dolls out of the window onto the M6, however, was one of the worst.

I love this marriage of art and kitsch; it’s a step up from what Hector calls ‘tosh’ in The History Boys, for you need some art knowledge to appreciate Jocelyne Grivaud’s creations.  My favourite is definitely Girl With a Pearl Earring.  If you’re intrigued by the idea of Barbie as art, check out


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