Thursday, April 13, 2006

O, Draconian Devil!

OK, so I saw the trailer for The DaVinci Code, a book I had no intention of reading until I realized how much of it is actually about art (yes, you'd think I'd get that from the title, but I never was the brightest bulb in the chandelier). So now, I'm racing through it before the film opens and was charmed that the one character had a hobby of making anagrams out of the titles of famous works of art. Charmed and challenged. So I came up with a few of my own.

The following are all titles of famous paintings by artists who are no longer with us, except for the bonus one, which is by a contemporary artist. There's no prize for getting them right other than the satisfaction of knowing you probably solved them about a billion times faster than it took me to make them:

Unscramble the following and/or provide your own:
1. A Nice Rug
2. We Sell Art, II
3. A Term in Chicago
4. Garry's in Tenth*
5. I'm a Horny Nerd

Bonus: I Hate Stalin

*see comments...messed that one up.


Blogger Hans said...

1. Jasper John's "Flag(s)"
2. Albrecht Dürer's woodcut "Apocalyptical riders"
3. One of Hirst's Cows or meat
4. I think that's one from Hopper's paintings
5. Courbet, L'Origine du Monde

6. Mao, by Andy Warhol

(Oh, no anagrams at all)

4/13/2006 08:17:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

That's incredible Hans

you got every single one of them fantastically wrong.

4/13/2006 08:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#3 is something about Judd... can't figure it out though.

4/13/2006 11:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no way! It is "American Gothic!"
A brilliant anagram because Grant Wood was in Chicago for a while, and i belive the painting is in the Art Institute's collection.

Just started working on these a minute ago...having (vexing) fun

Keep up the great blogging, Ed.
--Gary Owen, Seattle

4/14/2006 12:41:00 AM  
Blogger mountain man said...

OK this is too fun. I believe I have #1 - Guernica? Must ruminate longer on the others.

Hi Ed & Bambino! Happy spring.

4/14/2006 08:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i might be wrong, but i'll take a shoot. I think is #5

hi mountain man. happy spring to you 2


4/14/2006 10:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Sky said...

The Anangram Servant will make your work a lot faster next time, Edward!

4/14/2006 11:15:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Thanks for the tip Sky. I knew there must be something that did that.

Of course it takes the fun out of making them and then choosing which one is the funniest, defintely saves time.

and it's perhaps counter-helpful in reverse, because it gives you such a long list to choose from, but it's cool all the same.

4/14/2006 01:02:00 PM  
Blogger Art Soldier said...

can't think ... head hurts ...

That Anagram Servant thingy is a nifty program, but I can't decide if #2 is supposed to be:

Israeli Welt
Lisa Were Lit
Wart Lies Lie.

4/14/2006 02:55:00 PM  
Anonymous michael said...

#3 is starry night.

4/14/2006 03:26:00 PM  
Anonymous michael said...

oops i meant #4 is starry night. sorry.

4/14/2006 03:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Eleventh Hour said...

Number Four doesnt make sense. I believe the title is "The Starry Night". Either way, the letters dont match up.

4/14/2006 04:10:00 PM  
Blogger Art Soldier said...


Water Lilies!!

(#2, that is)

4/14/2006 04:16:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

The Starry Night

Ah're right, Eleventh Hour, I've left out an "H"...

sorry about that folks...I've double checked the other's...they're good.

4/14/2006 04:28:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Yes, #2 is Water Lilies
#1 is Guernica
# 3 is American Gothic
#4 was supposed to be The Starry Night (but ended up being The Starry Nigt)

#5 and the bonus remain unanswered.

Do you want hints...or you still working on 'em?

4/14/2006 04:35:00 PM  
Blogger The Artist Extraordinaire said...

Puzzles such as this are not at all my fortay. But for the final 2, I did get some funny results:

I'm A Horny Nerd:

I Hate Stalin:

These are either band names, or paintings by Kay Rosen.

4/14/2006 05:49:00 PM  
Anonymous eleventh hour said...

i need some more time on this. i think i can figure it out.

4/14/2006 06:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Henry said...

Bonus is The Italians by The Man Himself.

4/14/2006 07:04:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Well done Henry!

yes, indeed that's it. Now make an anagram out of cy twombly.


4/14/2006 07:23:00 PM  
Anonymous henry said...

If you allow abbreviations, I'd say "by my CT owl."

4/14/2006 08:53:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

not bad! I think abbreviations are fine.

what about #5?

I'm a bit surprised that one seems to be so difficult...the rhythm of the anagram is very similar to the rhythm of the original.

4/14/2006 09:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

could #5 be "Harmony in Red?" Perhaps a Whistler? y'know like "Harmony in black and Gold", or any number of other Harmonies?

hope so! I got starry Night, but thought it must be something else, because that E kept screwing me up! Perhaps it meant Ed?


4/14/2006 11:12:00 PM  
Anonymous eleventh hour said...

It is "La desserte"

"Harmony In Red"


4/14/2006 11:14:00 PM  

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