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*BBQ* @bbabitch1000 \ๅฐ Audrey Flack (...memento mori) #emojiarthistory 2/12/13, 12:36 AM


#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[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.

Untitled (Perfect Lovers) by Felix Gonzalez-Torres (ART JOKE!!) A Cindy Sherman Series A Nikki Lee series +Damien Hirst I'm too sad to tell you (1970 by Bas Jan Ader Rhythm 2, 1974 by Marina Abramovic Andy Goldsworthy Nan Goldin Dan Flavin Ugh I need to stop Sorry!!! Donald Judd I swear that's the end of them!

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 Burdenโ€™s 1971 conceptual performance piece, Shoot.

y Follow ManBartlett Chris Burden, Shoot #emojiarthistory


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 Angelesโ€™ J. Paul Getty Museum[6] and Londonโ€™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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ๆญฅFollow Man @ManBartlett Hahahahah #emo..arthistory RT @alexrolfe: @ManBartlett +ๅ‰‰@American Gothic 13m Man ไธพ่ฎก่ณ‡่ฎกไธพ Cai Guo-Qiang #emojiarthistory ccfuldner Follow โ–ผ WalnutWood Diane Arbus #emojiarthistory @hyperallergic Reply ๋‹ค Retweet โ˜… Favorite More
Follow Jonny Gray @Bungy32 #emojiarthistory.ใƒฑๅ‰ต!ใƒฑ้„‹ใƒฑ้Ÿ!! Ti Judy Chicago, The Dinner Party @ManBartlett J. Paul Getty Museum e @GettyMuseum y Follow โ–ผ #emojiarthistory Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, Flower Still Life ฮจ 4 W ้€่ฑŠ pic.twitter.com/yuMU97YC ๅ†่”“ mrb @mrb_bk Smithson's "Spiral Jetty" #emojiarthistory 2/12/13, 5:29 AM

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