As a follow up to our previous article on Art Movements You Probably Haven’t Heard Of, we have a few more art movements that are not only weird but meant to be amusing!


In our modern day conversation, it is often impressive to have interesting art knowledge on your fingertips. What makes it even more interesting — and a perfect way to start any conversation — is when you can actually have a discussion about weird art movements that have a rich backstory.


Pavel Jerdanowitch’s “Yes, We Have No Bananas”

Disumbrationism: Disumbrationism is perhaps the most bizarre and ironic art movements around. It all started in 1947 when a journalist named Paul Jordan-Smith was upset by critics calling his wife’s artwork “too realistic.”


Jordan-Smith then decided to take matters into his own hands and attack modern art on its own ground. Without any previous painting experience, he took two old tubes of red and green paint, crudely painted an “asymmetrical savage” holding up what was originally intended to be a starfish but ended up being a banana and entitled it “Yes, We Have No Bananas.”


Under the pseudonym “Pavel Jerdanowitch,” he then submitted his work to New York’s Exhibition of the Independents at the Waldorf-Astoria. There, it received rave reviews and critics scrambled around it, comparing the work to Gauguin.


When he was contacted to give a short biography, he made up a rich backstory and claimed to be Russian. He went on to do a few more exhibits and works, including one on the seven deadly sins.


Finally, in 1927, Jordan-Smith tired of the applause his hoax are received, he outed himself to a New York newspaper.


Marcel Dechamp’s “Fountain”

Readymade: The movement itself may sound a little self explanatory, but it goes a little deeper than it sounds.


According to the Museum of Modern Art, a readymade is a “commonplace prefabricated object isolated from its functional context and elevated to the status of art by the mere act of an artist’s selection.” In short, Readymade refers to artwork that is quite literally comprised of “found” pieces of art.


One thing a lot of art collectors and enthusiasts probably are not aware of: this was really a practical joke on the art community by Marcel Dechamp. It all started with the “Fountain” piece by Marcel Dechamp; this is a urinal that Marcel found in a plumbing supply store with his two friends. According to the Telegraph, “On returning to his studio he turned it through 90 degrees, so that it rested on its back, signed it, ‘R. MUTT 1917,’ and entitled this new work ‘Fountain.'”


Dechamp valued humor, telling a New York newspaper that, “people took modern art very seriously when it first reached America because they believed we took ourselves very seriously. A great deal of modern art is meant to be amusing.”


It disappeared shortly after its first appearance, and the piece displayed is actually a duplicate.


What do you think of these art pieces? Have you seen or heard of them before? Let me know what you think in the comments below or tweet me @kateeb790!