In March, the Getty Museum created a challenge for artists and non-artist to recreate some of its famous artworks from its collection from Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” to Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits.
While the COVID-19 stopped most daily activities and travel restricted as countries issued shelter-in-place orders, it didn’t stop more than 100,000 to participate in Getty’s challenge. Inspired by prompts from the Getty and other museums, individuals from all over the world raided toy chests, repurposed pantry items, enlisted family, roommates and animals created art.
Abundantly illustrated, the Getty’s published book “Off the Walls: Inspired Re-Creations of Iconic Artworks,” celebrated these imaginative recreations and the book is a reminder of the power of art during unprecedented times.
“We are endless grateful for the internet’s embrace of this challenge,” said Annelisa Stephan, assistant director of digital content at the Getty, and Sarah Waldorf, social media lead at the Getty, in the preface of the book. “It speaks to the power of art to bond us together. Art invites us into the experience of others and connects us with our shared past. In isolation, a sense of community is sacred.”
Getty Publications will donate all profits from the sale of this book to an artist relief fund, an emergency initiative offering resources to artists across the United States.
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