Many artists from the world of conceptual art studies created Easter-themed work in 2012. Andy Warhol, Roy Lichentstein, Damien Hirst, Shepard Fairey and Gerhard Richter all included the Easter bunny in their work. New insights from advanced conceptual art studies have even revealed that the popular game called “spot the error” actually has its origins in the modern painting world. We can only assume that the artists consciously integrated various degrees of difficulty in their work.
After “Radiant Baby” Keith Haring’s most famous piece is undoubtedly “Radiant Rabbit”. Strongly influenced by the New York graffiti scene, the pop artist created a character derived from the Easter bunny. It works similarly to the comparably easy to identify errors in Haring’s work.
In contrast to the monotone rabbits by Haring, the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian takes a more colorful approach. Like Haring, Mondrian paints his rabbits with errors, except he uses color in addition to geometry to mask his mistakes.
The famous American artist Jasper John adds another dimension in his popular work. The name “Three Flags” gives an indication of the number of hidden mistakes. Extra concentration is required with this meta-level in the order to find the errors in “Rabbits and Stripes”. Art historians are particularly proud of cracking this one.
Rene Magritte, whose paintings are characterized by surreal scenes, has hidden four mistakes in his work entitled “Le fils de l’homme avec lièvre“. An apple is missing the picture below although that is not an explicit mistake. With “spot the error” two apparently identical objects are compared. Entire objects could inspire a new movement in conceptual art studies—as an apple becomes an Easter buddy, or a hat becomes a bobble cap.
Franz Marc—what has not already been written about Franz Marc, about his expressionism, his use of fauvism, cubism, orphism and futurism? In “The Blue Rabbit”—Marc hid five errors—the association to “Blue Horse 1” is probably intentional.
Joan Miró is considered a great friend of Easter buddy art. With over 5500 published pieces it is easy for the classical modernist to hide the errors. His piece entitled “Conejito de Pascua“ has been hailed as a masterpiece. It combines changes in color, associated with Haring and Mondrian, while adding the optical shifts associated with Jasper Johns, creating yet another error. It gives a whole new meaning to symbolic dreaming.
The drip-painting method, developed by Jackson Pollock presents the biggest challenge when it comes to finding the error. The contrast between structure and rhythm, between intention and coincidence veils seven unconscious mistakes. As the saying goes, “the devil is in the detail”.
In the spirit of “art meets Easter bunny” and “art meets Easter bunny again” (almost) all of the content mentioned here is the product of my imagination. The individual works do exist, although they have never been published before, they have only been shown to a small group of friends of the arts. We would like to thank the people at conceptual arts studies for their great work and their exhibits which gave us an insight into the meaning of the Easter bunny in the art world. We would be more than happy to give you the solutions to our “find the error” exercise if you shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org If you love conceptual art, then you are probably already looking forward to Easter 2017.
Happy Easter 2016, we wish you lots of joy and plenty of sunshine.