Winston Smith's "vintage collage series" prints for sale

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  1. Brian Cain says:

    Er….this looks exactly like  “Une semaine de bonté” by Max Ernst

  2. David Pescovitz says:

    Er… Any visual similarity is because Winston and Ernst cut up material from the same era.

  3. Brian Cain says:

    It goes a bit beyond the choice of base subject matter though, doesn’t it?  The finished result is almost exactly the same in terms of style and layout choice.  At the very least Winston should recognize that he has been “inspired” by the original work by Ernst.

    If someone unfamiliar with either artist was presented both with no frame of reference I doubt they could tell who did what.

    • Brian Cain says:

       Compare the above picture with this one.

    • David Pescovitz says:

      Considering that the back of Winston’s monograph has endorsement quotes from two esteemed artists (Robt. Williams and Frank Kozik) that reference Ernst, I’m pretty sure that Winston would happily cite Ernst as an inspiration.

      http://tinyurl.com/747qfzl

      Also, these are only four in thousands of works he’s created over the years, the majority of which use much more contemporary source material. You are trying to suggest that somehow Winston is “copying” Max Ernst and trying to trick viewers and that’s a bit ridiculous.

      • Brian Cain says:

        I wasn’t speaking to the thousands of other works, just the ones you linked to. 

        Trick viewers? I make no claims as to why he did it.  I’m just saying that they are almost identical to another artists work.

  4. Brian Cain says:

    Omg, i just realized the name of the book you linked to is “Art Crime.”  This is all part of some elaborate prank, isn’t it?

    • EeyoreX says:

      We got punk’d? Thats actually a big relief. 
      I was struggling not to have a full concern-troll freakout when I read the obnoxious pitch-text for this project:

      “…remark­able col­lage com­po­si­tions cre­ated from extremely rare vin­tage steel plate engrav­ings from the 1860s, ‘70s, ‘80s and 1890s.  These art­works are between 120 to 150 years old.  Though Win­ston him­self isn’t quite that old (yet), he has man­aged to res­ur­rect new com­po­si­tions from images that have waited nearly a cen­tury and a half to go under his knife…”

      In the age of Photoshop, that would be analogous to using the Taylor-Buton as a window glass-cutter.

  5. ryuchi says:

    This engraving depicts the MOST of effort that a Chap could ever make–only in extraordinary circumstances where a mesmerised woman in a limbo state between fainting and orgasm needs to be taken far from tiger’s proximity. The guy with the beard is surely an airship pilot who is doubtlessly reading the appropriate procedures for such situations.

  6. bnschlz says:

    Yolandi, Ninja and the dude whacking the stuffed big cat when the beat drops.

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