Like many — perhaps most — people, I come with a sense of reverence and awe to museums. Rightly so. Great works of art, the genius of human hands and minds, are awesome achievements. But not all art is solemn or weighty. Some of it is playful. Think of so much of Mozart, think of Joseph Haydn’s Surprise Symphony, think of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s gift wrapping Central Park in saffron yellow robes!
It was surely with a sense of mischief and foolery that James Arneson conceived of and sculpted this art work, shown for our delight at the Yale University Art Gallery:
He calls it The Last Gasp. Well, what would you call it?
(Be sure to catch the pots and pans and kitchen implements in the background. More foolery, although not by Arneson.)