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Benjamemes Makes Memes Into Fine Art

Benjamemes Makes Memes Into Fine Art
Lauren Kaelin

For those of you who were captivated by the Ikea monkey, inspired by a little girl's daily affirmations on YouTube, or downright giddy about news of Grumpy Cat's new movie -- oh, do we have a Tumblr for you.

Art history majors, this one's for you, too.

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Artist Lauren Kaelin is a painter who takes Internet memes and turns them into something more sophisticated. Her new Tumblr, Benjameme, which stems from her interest in the Ikea monkey and German art theorist Walter Benjamin, documents her most recent project to "paint the Internet."

To celebrate her attempts to create new genre of Internet sensations, which in itself is becoming an Internet sensation, here our five favorite "Benjamemes" thus far.

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Benjamemes Makes Memes Into Fine Art
Lauren Kaelin

I like turtles . . . and Post-Impressionist paintings.

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Benjamemes Makes Memes Into Fine Art
Lauren Kaelin

Letterpress from Hilary

 

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Benjamemes Makes Memes Into Fine Art
Lauren Kaelin

Hide yo wife, hide yo paintbrush.

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Benjamemes Makes Memes Into Fine Art
Lauren Kaelin

Vincent van Grumpy Cat

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Benjamemes Makes Memes Into Fine Art
Lauren Kaelin via Benjameme

Ce n'est pas un singe.

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