#EmojiArtHistory

#EmojiArtHistory

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Updated Feb 21, 2014 at 02:33PM EST by Molly Horan.

Added Feb 15, 2013 at 06:17PM EST by amanda b..

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About

#EmojiArtHistory is a Twitter hashtag associated with various strings of emoji characters that are supposed to be reinterpretations of famous artworks throughout history.

Origin

The idea for the hashtag came from a Tumblr post submitted by ladiesupfront[1] on the evening of January 24th, which featured four iPhone screenshots of text messages sent from a friend who tried to recreate artistic masterpieces with emoji characters.



On February 11th, Brooklyn-based artist Man Bartlett reblogged[2] the photoset, leading him to use the hashtag #EmojiArtHistory[4] for the first time on Twitter with an emoji of a man and a gun to represent Chris Burden’s 1971 conceptual performance piece, Shoot.



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Also on February 11th, art blog Hyperallergic[3] featured a compilation post showcasing dozens of emoji art tweets, which further amplified the usage of #EmojiArtHistory to 1533 times that day alone.[5] The next day, several art galleries and museums including Los Angeles’ J. Paul Getty Museum[6] and London’s Tate Modern[7] paid their homage to famous artworks with emoji tweets. On February 13th and 14th, #EmojiArtHistory tweets were featured on numerous art news blogs, such as ArtInfo[8], the Nashville Scene[9], Art Fag City,[10] Animal New York[11] and Complex Art&Design,[12] as well as internet news and culture sites The Daily Dot[13], Wired[14] and the Daily What.[15]

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