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SÁNDOR RÁCMOLNÁR

Guinness Banana-eating Record Holder, 1995

Screenprint.

21.5 x 15 inches.

Edition of 90.

Printed by the artist at the Rutgers Center For Innovative Printmaking, NJ.

Estimated retail value, $550.

Donated by Eileen Foti, TMP.

About the Artist

Born in 1960. Lives and works in Budapest, Hungary.

In 1987, he graduated from the Hungarian Academy of Art in printmaking. He is mostly interested in the ironic reuse and parody of visual clichés. He has a peculiar artistic style that combines the colors and visual elements of advertisement, comics and graffiti in a sharp Neo-Pop style.

He creates drawings, screen prints, illustrations and animations. In the 1980s, he began designing absurd, provocative, Pop-Art-influenced movie posters. His compositions represent the spectacular world of the movies, and his style is strongly influenced by trash culture.

While doing a residency at the Brodsky Center For Innovative Editions in 1995, he made a series of prints based on facts found in the Guinness Book of World Records.  In this print, he chose to depict the man who ate the most bananas in the shortest amount of time to win the world record. All of the figures in his work at that time bore a striking resemblance to Arnold Schwarzenegger, who he believed typified American pop culture.

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