Art spotlight: "Buck Turbo"

  • Article by: MARY ABBE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 30, 2012 - 2:30 PM

Michael Gaughan's amusing show.

“Federico da Montefeltro DEVO” by Michael Gaughan

Photo: , Burnet Gallery

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Last call: Don't let summer's last screen door slam before checking out Michael Gaughan's show. One of those smart guys who just want to have fun, Gaughan set his mind a-roaming and let his pen and brush follow, with predictably amusing results. More than 20 of his parody watercolors lampoon everything from ads to Old Master paintings to advice columns. A comedian by temperament and an artist-illustrator by trade, Gaughan lobs some of his best jokes at serious art like Piero Della Francesca's Renaissance portrait of the blunt-nosed Duke of Urbino, whose hat gets a modern makeover in "Federico da Montefeltro DEVO" (pictured). Even Gaughan's chihuahua Toby gets a cameo role in a riff on Marcel Duchamp's "Nude Descending a Staircase." And there are sly jokes about everything from smart water and smartphones to hairdressers, beets, alligators and muscle cars. Seriously fun stuff. (Ends Sept. 9, free. Burnet Gallery, Le Meridien Chambers Hotel, 901 Hennepin Av., Mpls. 612-767-6900 or www.lemeridienchambers.com/art)

 

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