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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Where Jen Graves Meets David Schmader: What a Country!

posted by on October 25 at 20:23 PM

While it’s always dangerous to apply qualitative comparative standards to the appreciation of visual art, at times like this, one would do well to ask one’s self, “Which patriotic/devotional painting by immigrant stand-up comedian Yakov Smirnoff is the best patriotic/devotional painting by Yakov Smirnoff?”

Is it “America’s Heart”?

Is it “America at Peace”?

Is it “God and Country”?

Or is it, in fact, the Barry Gibb-inspired “Joy to the World”?

I’m no art critic, so I leave it to my learned colleagues to decide. Meanwhile, I’ll be wandering the aisles of the gift shop of Mr. Smirnoff’s theater in Branson, one town in Missouri where no one seems to be worked up about losing-ass baseball teams, stem cell research TV spots, or anything more than laughter, America, and personal expression through fine art.

What a country, indeed!

(Portrait of the artist, who recently celebrated 20 years of American citizenship):

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Oh PLEASE. I need to sleep tonight.

Posted by Sachi | October 25, 2006 8:48 PM

Is that an old portrait or does he still wear Bill Cosby sweaters?

Posted by Jim Demetre | October 25, 2006 10:29 PM

he's cute, but he's no honeycrisp apple.

Posted by Ari | October 26, 2006 2:23 AM

Um.... Isn't that Jesus picture a self-portrait?

Posted by imofftoseethewizard | October 26, 2006 9:23 AM

Best artist signature of all time, I think.

Posted by A-Train | October 26, 2006 9:34 AM

In Russia, portrait paints you!

Posted by Boris | October 26, 2006 10:23 AM

Clearly, "God & Country" is the best. His bendy bible is right on, perfectly capturing those pored-over holy books filled with super-thin, almost greasy pages favored by many true believers.

But Yakov's true masterwork may be his majestically lacey bangs...

Posted by David Schmader | October 26, 2006 11:14 AM

In "God and Country", is it just me or does it look like he's jerking off with that bendy Bible and flag stick?

Posted by Fnarf | October 26, 2006 12:14 PM

Yakov Smirnoff changed his name when he came to America. In the old country, he was called Jack Daniels!

Ah ha ha ha ha ha haaaaaa!

Posted by Trackback | October 26, 2006 1:38 PM

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