History Main / AccidentalArt

6th Oct '16 2:27:31 PM CaptainAmazing
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*** It was finally determined to have the ultra-weird signature of 13/16 time in [[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2014/02/the_time_signature_of_the_terminator_score_is_a_mystery_for_the_ages.html/ this article]]
6th Oct '16 2:15:35 PM CaptainAmazing
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* HunterSThompson accidentally created GonzoJournalism. Thompson was a RidiculousProcrastinator who was [[ChristmasRushed up against his deadline]] and, lacking anything to submit for his story on the Kentucky Derby other than his bare-bones notes on the event, simply started ripping pages out of his notebook and sending them in. The magazine published his first-person notes from the Derby as-is, and thus Gonzo Journalism was born.
5th Oct '16 7:18:47 PM WillKeaton
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** Chocolate chip cookies, the most popular variety of cookie in the world, were supposedly created by accident. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Graves_Wakefield Ruth Graves Wakefield]], owner and cook of the Toll House Inn, was attempting to make a batch of chocolate cookies for her guests when she discovered she was short on baker's chocolate. She decided to substitute it with chunks of Nestle semi-sweet chocolate, thinking the chocolate would melt and absorb into the dough. They didn't, but she served them anyway, and they became wildly popular. So popular in fact that she signed a deal with Nestle to print her recipe on every pack of their semi-sweet chocolate bars, in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate.

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** Chocolate chip cookies, the most popular variety of cookie in the world, were supposedly created by accident. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruth_Graves_Wakefield Ruth Graves Wakefield]], Wakefield,]] owner and cook of the Toll House Inn, was attempting to make a batch of chocolate cookies for her guests when she discovered she was short on baker's chocolate. She decided to substitute it with chunks of Nestle semi-sweet chocolate, thinking the chocolate would melt and absorb into the dough. They didn't, but she served them anyway, and they became wildly popular. So popular in fact that she signed a deal with Nestle to print her recipe on every pack of their semi-sweet chocolate bars, in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Found_art Found art]]. True found art is the deliberate designation of a non art object as art by an artist (sometimes with alteration but this is not necessary), but this trend in art is the inspiration for many examples of this trope in fiction and has increased the likelihood of real life occurrences.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Found_art Found art]]. art.]] True found art is the deliberate designation of a non art object as art by an artist (sometimes with alteration but this is not necessary), but this trend in art is the inspiration for many examples of this trope in fiction and has increased the likelihood of real life occurrences.



* A rather amusing one from the 19th century was the case of Emmanuel Domenech and the 'pictographs' he had found in the Bibliotheque de l'Arsenal. He thought he'd found native American artwork showing various things from their culture/history, but had actually discovered the misfiled notebook doodlings of a German school kid, complete with crude drawings of school life and sexual themes. It was also potentially an example of MistakenForExhibit, since the library itself someone thought this random set of drawings was an historic cultural piece and filed it away in the archives. You can see the full story [[http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/archive/permalink/the_pictographs_of_emmanuel_domenech in this Museum of Hoaxes article]].

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* A rather amusing one from the 19th century was the case of Emmanuel Domenech and the 'pictographs' he had found in the Bibliotheque de l'Arsenal. He thought he'd found native American artwork showing various things from their culture/history, but had actually discovered the misfiled notebook doodlings of a German school kid, complete with crude drawings of school life and sexual themes. It was also potentially an example of MistakenForExhibit, since the library itself someone thought this random set of drawings was an historic cultural piece and filed it away in the archives. You can see the full story [[http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/archive/permalink/the_pictographs_of_emmanuel_domenech in this Museum of Hoaxes article]].article.]]



* In 2012, an old Spanish woman without training was trying to restore a 19th century fresco at a local church and accidentally made a portrait of Jesus look like a smiling monkey. It seemed like a case of [[PricelessMingVase accidental destruction of valuable art]], but instead, it drew worldwide interest to the church and the painting that made it [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/08/14/ecce_mono_cecilia_gimenez_s_botched_fresco_restoration_turns_into_a_money.html far more famous and recognizable than the original]], which was not considered especially extraordinary.

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* In 2012, an old Spanish woman without training was trying to restore a 19th century fresco at a local church and accidentally made a portrait of Jesus look like a smiling monkey. It seemed like a case of [[PricelessMingVase accidental destruction of valuable art]], but instead, it drew worldwide interest to the church and the painting that made it [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/08/14/ecce_mono_cecilia_gimenez_s_botched_fresco_restoration_turns_into_a_money.html far more famous and recognizable than the original]], original,]] which was not considered especially extraordinary.
27th Sep '16 8:47:17 PM PaulA
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* In one of the novels of the ''Literature/ChanurSaga'' the main characters must carry an important ''stsho'' dignitary on their starship as a passenger. Knowing that the stsho love the color white they get their hands on whatever white furniture and decorations they can and hastily shove them into the stsho's room. It turns out that stsho art consists of abstract designs in infinite shades of white, and they'd created for their passenger a masterpiece of stsho interior design.

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* In one of the novels of the ''Literature/ChanurSaga'' ''Literature/ChanurNovels'' the main characters must carry an important ''stsho'' dignitary on their starship as a passenger. Knowing that the stsho love the color white white, they get their hands on whatever white furniture and decorations they can and hastily shove them into the stsho's room. It turns out that stsho art consists of abstract designs in infinite shades of white, and they'd created for their passenger a masterpiece of stsho interior design.
28th Jul '16 7:19:11 PM PaulA
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* ''[[Creator/RogerCorman A Bucket of Blood]]:'' The main character accidentally kills his landlady's pet and covers it in plaster to hide the evidence. His 'sculpture' is hailed as a masterpiece.

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* ''[[Creator/RogerCorman A Bucket of Blood]]:'' Creator/RogerCorman's ''Film/ABucketOfBlood'': The main character accidentally kills his landlady's pet and covers it in plaster to hide the evidence. His 'sculpture' is hailed as a masterpiece.
28th Jul '16 7:15:46 PM PaulA
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* In ''[[{{Literature/Fudge}} Fudge-A-Mania]]'' by JudyBlume, baby Tootsie accidentally walks through spilled paint and makes little footprints across one of Jimmy's father's canvases. He decides to make a series of "Baby Feet" paintings with her as a result. It's even referenced in ''Double Fudge,'' where Peter's family gets invited to a showing of Mr. Fargo's work, including the now wildly popular Baby Feet paintings.

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* In ''[[{{Literature/Fudge}} Fudge-A-Mania]]'' ''Literature/FudgeAMania'' by JudyBlume, Creator/JudyBlume, baby Tootsie accidentally walks through spilled paint and makes little footprints across one of Jimmy's father's canvases. He decides to make a series of "Baby Feet" paintings with her as a result. It's even referenced in ''Double Fudge,'' ''Literature/DoubleFudge'', where Peter's family gets invited to a showing of Mr. Fargo's work, including the now wildly popular Baby Feet paintings.
10th May '16 11:58:56 AM Lightice
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** Also invoked in the same book when Nobby suggests that they should display the frame of a stolen painting under the name "Art Theft", but the curator declares that would be stupid.
7th Apr '16 6:10:32 PM Kartoonkid95
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-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

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-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Mom and Pop Art"
21st Feb '16 1:43:45 PM Slave
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** The iconic theme to Film/TheTerminator has a very strange time signature that [[http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2014/03/02/30-years-later-people-are-still-trying-to-figure-out-the-time-signature-of-the-terminator-theme/ continues to fox listeners]] - apparently due to the artist not quite timing the loop properly, but having the effect of giving the song a strange, inhuman lurch that fits the theme perfectly.
18th Oct '15 8:23:08 PM jormis29
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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' story "Powerpuff Picasso" (issue #15), the picture Bubbles drew at school is noticed and hailed by an art critic and put on exhibit at the museum. At the end, after numerous attempts to do so, Bubbles explains to everyone that the picture was upside down. Upon turning it right way up, the picture is passed off as bland and uninteresting.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' ''ComicBook/ThePowerpuffGirls'' story "Powerpuff Picasso" (issue #15), the picture Bubbles drew at school is noticed and hailed by an art critic and put on exhibit at the museum. At the end, after numerous attempts to do so, Bubbles explains to everyone that the picture was upside down. Upon turning it right way up, the picture is passed off as bland and uninteresting.
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