Curated by Doric Jemison-Ball

Reinterpretations of world-famous masterpieces

Opening Reception: Friday, September 9, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Exhibit remains through October 2

Burnett Gallery


Call to Artist: Registration form
Deadline: August 26, 2016

Artists will re-interpret recognized world famous master pieces to make them their own. A photograph of the original master work must accompany each entry.

From the beginning of time and art, artists have borrowed and/or stolen each other’s work and modified it in their own way to create new work. As Picasso said, “All artists borrow, great artists steal.” Even the Bible comments “that there is nothing new under the sun.”

Sometimes, and for different reasons, artists may redo another artist’s complete work. Often this is to poke fun at the original work or artist, or to make a joke. Sometimes it is to remake the work in the style of the artist recreating the work. But whatever the reason, when an artist recreates another artist’s work, particularly a recognized masterpiece, we call it REMASTERING.

And REMASTERING is what this show is all about. Artists will select a recognizable world famous master piece and recreate it in whatever way they want.

Artists have always done this and famous artists are no exception. Vincent van Gogh redid a number of the paintings of Jean-Francois Millet.





Claude Monet was so enamored of the Japanese painting of a bridge that he built a replica of the bridge on his estate.

Japanese bridge Claude Monet in front of bridge

And painted it several times . . .

Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies, by Claude Monet Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies, by Claude Monet

only to have it mocked by Banksy in DISMAL LAND . . .

Banksy / Monet

Probably the most REMASTERED masterpiece in the history of art is Leonardo DaVinci’s “Mona Lisa.” Marcel Duchamp would like to think it all started with him when he drew a mustache on her, but Salvador Dali was right behind him, changing the face and the mustache to his.

Mona Lisa, by Marcel Duchamp Mona Lisa, by Salvador Dali

She’s been redone in the style of every artist from Leger to Picasso . . .

Mona Lisa, by Fernand Leger Mona Lisa, by Pablo Picasso

And she’s been the butt of countless jokes at her expense . . .

MonaLisa-1 MonaLisa-2
MonaLisa-3 MonaLisa-4
MonaLisa-5 MonaLisa-6
MonaLisa-7 MonaLisa-8

And remastering doesn’t always have to be done in the same medium as the original. Marcel Duchamp’s painting “Nude Descending a Staircase”  was remastered in a photograph by LIFE magazine . . .

Nude descending a staircase, by Marcel Duchamp Nude descending a staircase, by LIFE Magazine

By now, you should be getting the idea of what this show is all about. Whether you take remastering seriously or as an opportunity for satire, and regardless of the masterpiece you select, make it your own in your own inimitable way!