Remixed Masterpieces: When Artists Pay Homage to Other Artists

Visual culture compulsively self-regurgitates itself… In other words, everything is a remix. We’ve rounded up the most déjà vu-inspiring works from contemporary artists who have painted, sculpted and shot homages to their predecessors. From Banksy’s Warhol to Ron English’s double Magritte to something other than a shark pickled in formaldehyde in David Černý’s Damien Hirst redux, here are some adoring tributes, biting rebuttals and unsettling homages to art history’s greatest and most famous. Partially NSFW!

Chomp chomp, you’re dead! Rene Magritte’s 1964 self-portrait Le Fils De L’Homm (The Son of Man) is updated by contemporary/street artist Ron English in Stereo Magritte. English frequently tributes Picasso’s Guernica starring psychotic Mikey Mouses, psychedelic humanoid cows, satirically subverted Americana and his own kids. He has also re-staged Leonardo DaVinci’s The Last Supper by painting the poster for Morgan Spurlock’s The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and a tribute to Southpark.