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#EmojiArtHistory is a Twitter hashtag associated with various strings of emoji characters that are supposed to be reinterpretations of famous artworks throughout history.
The idea for the hashtag came from a Tumblr post submitted by ladiesupfront 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 the photoset, leading him to use the hashtag #EmojiArtHistory 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.
Also on February 11th, art blog Hyperallergic featured a compilation post showcasing dozens of emoji art tweets, which further amplified the usage of #EmojiArtHistory to 1533 times that day alone. The next day, several art galleries and museums including Los Angeles’ J. Paul Getty Museum and London’s Tate Modern 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, the Nashville Scene, Art Fag City, Animal New York and Complex Art&Design, as well as internet news and culture sites The Daily Dot, Wired and the Daily What.
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Nashville Scene – Emoji Art History: Our Favorite Arty Twitter Trend
The Daily Dot – Reinterpreting classic works of art with #emojiarthistory
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