Thursday, 21 June 2007

Walt Disney, Art Hero

A Chuffed Mickey Mouse © Walt DisneyWho is the top "Art Hero"? More than 6,000 people were questioned for a survey commissioned by the Arts Award. The survey didn't distinguish between artists and artistes. It sought heroes of any branch of the arts. The winners are:
1 Leonardo da Vinci
2 Bob Dylan
3 Andy Warhol
4 Walt Disney
5 Peter Kay.

The 18 to 25 age group, named these winners:
1 Walt Disney
2 Peter Kay
3 Banksy
4 Leonardo da Vinci
5 Bob Marley.

I can't help wondering how many of these voters would have heard of Leonardo da Vinci without the hard work of his publicist Dan Brown. Disney is worthy of his place, because he gave the world a new art form, the feature-length animated cartoon, which is still going strong. Interesting that the UK artist Banksy has taken the place of Andy Warhol for younger adults. Banksy is in the news all the time over here.


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