We Go to the Gallery is one of the sharpest and funniest art world parodies I have ever come across, written and illustrated by artist Miriam Elia in the style of the Ladybird Penguin series with Mummy, Peter and Jane. In Miriam's book, Mummy takes Peter and Jane to contemporary art galleries and we see them posing questions about conceptual art works and some of the world's top rated artists.
Miriam has since had a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Penguin for her use of the Ladybird characters, and she is now launching the second edition of We Go to the Gallery in a primary school in Soho - under the educational publishing house Dung Beetle.
Here is what to expect:
"Your host Miriam Elia will provide a brief lecture of the three key Dung Beetle learning principles:
- Helping children to understand that there is nothing to understand
- Ensuring the child's own options match those of the arts elite
- Preparing young people for a lifetime of crippling uncertainty
Miriam will also read select pages from the new book to an audience in the reading corner, who all must be quietly seated on the mat. Copies of the new book will be available for sale, along with signed prints and rare copies of the original first edition.
There will also be an exhibition of angry paintings, drawings and threatening letters from Penguin Books' team of legal experts."
Read more about Miriam's book here: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/mar/02/artist-ladybird-book-penguin-copyright-miriam-elia