McDonald's: A Gallery of Fine Art With Fries

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Today is Ray Kroc's 109th birthday. Kroc is the entrepreneur who took over the tiny McDonald's corporation and turned it into a delicious empire known the world over. We had lunch there this afternoon, and while the food at Mickey D's is never going to be called fine cuisine, there is no doubt that something about it that calls to every American. Can't tell you if it's our love of thrift and ease, the pride in a self-made millionaire's accomplishment, or the joy of unwrapping food like a birthday present but damnit we are in fact loving it.

Go easy on us, ok? We've been on a salad and baked chicken breast diet for a month.

With a name recognition like McDonald's has it is only understandable that it has inspired some modern art. We decided to brave the galleries of the Internet to find pictures Kroc can be said to be responsible for. Hopefully some of the will hang in the temple future Americans build in his honor.

The Fry Spider (Unknown Artist)

We've spent the better part of the day trying to track down who was responsible for the ultimate fast food/Wild Wild West tie-in. The best part about this image is the idea that when you sit down to eat a side of fries, you're dipping one creature in the remains of another creature's blood before consuming both yourself. That is some serious Jabba the Hutt behavior right there.

Cowboy McDonald's (Ron English)

Culture jammer Ron English made a name for himself by modifying billboards in order to critique American society. His Cowgirl Painting was featured in the documentary Super Size Me, and his work has been seen everywhere from art galleries to Dandy Warhol album covers.

Loving It Now? (Artist Unknown)

We don't know who made this, and maybe we don't want to know. People give Ronald a hard time for being a clown, but hell man nobody deserves whatever is happening to him in this picture.

I'm Lovin' It (Joseph Palotas)

We're not going to lie to you; most of the art we've run across in the course of our research is pretty negative about the Golden Arches. Not so with Palotas's lovingly rendered oil painting of a serving of French fries.

Cancer (Robert Nugent)

On the other hand...

McDonald's Meals (Peter Klashorst)

Klashorst's usual work is paintings and photographs of nude women, something that gotten him deported for pornography from Senegal. Here is a much more harmless work. Can you spot the differences?

Ronald McDonald (Kevin Eslinger)

This highly disturbing work of art started out as a picture of Jesus, then Kurt Cobain, and finally Ronald. Nothing has more perfectly summed up human nature ever than the evolution of this painting. By the way, it was stolen from the artist so if you ever see anyone with it please contact him at kevin at kevineslinger dot com.

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