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April 22, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011 - 1 comment

Art Humor A Crime? "That is Priceless" by Steve Melcher aims to make 'Art's Greatest Masterpieces... Slightly Funnier'

In Case You Were Wondering
 Where Your Flower Pot Went
by Catherine Schofield Sezgin,
ARCA Blog Editor-in-Chief

It's not a crime to make fun of art, but Steve Melcher, the husband of a friend of mine and another talented writer Amanda Biers-Melcher, certainly makes laughing at art a pleasurable misdemeanor. Steve Melcher, a two-time Emmy Award-winning TV writer and producer, has turned his popular blog, That is Priceless, into a very affordable paperback that re-writes the titles of more than 175 images, seeing contemporary actors in the faces of models painted in the 19th century by Courbet and Renoir, and ad libbing with crude humor that any middle-school student would appreciate. I ordered That is Priceless (Andrews McMeel Publishing) from Amazon and for less than $10 had my mother laughing between comments of 'this guy is really funny' and 'who is he?' As a parent and writer, I appreciate all attempts at making art accessible to students and even those people who rarely step into a museum or art gallery.

Please follow this link to Steve Melcher's website to find out the artist to this 1873 image to the right subtitled "In Case You Were Wondering Where Your Flower Post Went".


I discovered early on that it's fairly easy to google the artist and year to find the actual title of the artwork. On more than one occasion, I found myself "researching" other work by the same artist.

Stop making me learn stuff, Steve Melcher!