We Need to Talk About the 'Toons (they're taking over)

By Oliver Basciano

Zach Reini, ‚‚ƒƒ„WWMMD?, 2011–14. Courtesy the artist and Bill Brady Gallery, Kansas City ‡Anthea Hamilton, Moe / Chess (Upper + Lower), 2009. Photo: Sussie Ahlbürg. Courtesy the artist Paul Housley, Woodstock, 2013. Courtesy the artist David Musgrave, Animal, 1998. Photo: Marcus Leith. Courtesy Greengrassi, London

In the 2003 Warner Bros film Looney Tunes: Back in Action there’s a chase sequence that, for various convoluted reasons, ends up in the Louvre. Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny are being pursued by their longtime nemesis, the shotgun-wielding Elmer Fudd, and they decide that their best course of action is to hide inside the paintings of the museum’s fictionalised collection. First they jump into Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory (1931), Fudd following, his gun going as limp as the painting’s…

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