Do me a favor, please. Without a lot of deep thought, finish this sentence:
“Barbie is ………”
- A fashion doll
- A doll for little girls to play with
- A politically correct doll – as in the hundreds of inspirational roles she plays, Lawyer Barbie, Scientist Barbie, Teacher Barbie, Doctor Barbie, Fire-fighter Barbie etc.etc.
- A politically In-correct doll (especially her unrealistic breast to waist to hip proportions.)
- A piece of history – There are now three generations who have grown up with Barbie. And she ‘stands’ in multiple museums.
- A financial juggernaut – The number one selling doll of all time.
And I’m sure there are probably dozens more thoughts that come to your mind when trying to complete the sentence.
Today I’d like to offer one more:
“Barbie is… Art.”
OK, raise your hands… how many of you know who Gustav Klimt was? Or Adele Bloch-Bauer?
And the question I would really love to know the answer to: Out of the thousands and thousands of paintings made in the last thousand years of western art, why this one to inspire a Barbie?
If someone knows, I’d love to hear the answer, but until then, I’m just as happy to enjoy this beautiful Barbie for exactly what she is: A work of art.