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Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase (1992)

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Two-dimensional clay animations melding and merging the work of 35 famous artists.

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Two-dimensional clay animations melding and merging the work of 35 famous artists.

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Gore Vidal could have said something about this
22 January 2016 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

The 1992 winner of Best Animated Short features noted paintings morphing into each other. However, there was one scene in "Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase" that caught my attention in particular. At one point the sound of a commercial appears in the background. Author and political satirist Gore Vidal said of the so called War on Terrorism: "'War on terrorism' isn't a goal. It's a slogan designed for advertising, which is the only art form that the US ever created." Here we see art and advertising juxtaposed.

Anyway, this is an interesting cartoon. I don't know of anything else that Joan C. Gratz did, but if she did I would like to see it. Worth seeing.


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