Last week marked the 25-year anniversary of the Graphics Interchange Format, better known to Web surfers as the GIF. The quick-burst animation file format, usually composed of just a few frames, was created by programmer Steve Wilhite on June 15, 1987, and has since become and inescapable part of vernacular Internet culture.
Though plenty of serious artists engage with GIFs (pronounced “jiffs,” according to Wilhite) as a creative format, including online innovators like Ryder Ripps, Nicolas Sassoon, and Jeremiah Johnson, ARTINFO has chosen a different route to honor this art form's anniveresary. Here, we collect 25 of the wackiest art-themed GIFs to ever cross your browser, including everything from a cavorting Van Gogh in bed and Mondrian-themed Pong, to Banksy-14779">Banksy’s stencilled cops making out and Ai Weiwei getting wild in his studio.
Scroll down for our round-up of the 25 best art-historical GIFs:
6. Marina Abramovic Deals With It
10. Trippy Guernica
11. Picasso Paints
12. Salvador Dali’s Surreal Elephant Walk
18. Andy Warhol’s GIF-pire
19. Andy Warhol on TV