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A Good Read: Artunes

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Artunes, by Pablo Helguera

Artunes, by Pablo Helguera

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If you want a good laugh at the expense of the classical music community WNEW’S Judlyne Lilly says a good read might be a book of cartoons called Artunes.

“Part of the problem of the classical music world is that it takes itself perhaps too seriously,” said Pablo Helguera, author of Artunes.

Helguera is an artist who has compiled a book of cartoons making fun of some of classical music’s most revered figures, like Antonio Vivaldi.

“Vivaldi is known for creating this soothing music that it tends to be used for spas or elevator music or whenever you wanted to calm somebody,” said Helguera. “So there’s a cartoon where Vivaldi wanted to become a spa manager, you know start a spa business and his father is saying no Antonio you’re going to be a musician.”

Born in Mexico City in 1971, Helguera is now based in New York where he works with sculpture, photography, drawing and many other art forms. His book, Artunes, pokes fun at the formality of the classical music world.

“Historically when you’d go to a concert you didn’t necessarily have to like be so quiet it would be so formal,” said Helguera. “Many times in the time of Mozart and others people would like play cards and just be hanging out there while listening to the concert, not necessarily paying attention. “

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