#TBT: 1985 Art Rewind


This week on Throwback Thursday’s Art Rewind, Ovation features shoulder pads, stirrup pants, and berets with 1985, the apex of the 80s. Impress your friends with your trivia chops, relive your glory days, or just find out what the heck happened in the world of art in 1985. And tune in to Pale Rider starring Clint Eastwood on Thursday, November 13th at 8 ET/5 PT.

And Now, Your 1985 Art Rewind…



1. Marc Chagall dies at 97. Yes, 97. Meaning he was born in 1887 and was a working artist for something like 70 years! Throughout his loooonnng career, Chagall’s colorful modernist works were consistently inspired by his childhood in Belarus and his Jewish heritage.


2. We Are The World shows that celebrities care about the rest of the world, even if they don’t really understand it. In response to severe famine in eastern Africa, a plethora of artists including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, and Stevie Wonder put together a charity single. We Are The World received both praise and criticism for its perceived motives, but in the end, it raised over $63 million for humanitarian aid.



3. The Goonies, The Breakfast Club, Back to the Future, and Weird Science are all released, proving that 1985 was by far the most awesomely 80s year of the 80s…and that Anthony Michael Hall was a busy kid.


4. Norwegian synth-pop group A-ha release their big hit, “Take On Me,” and its oh-so-80s accompanying music video. In the video, pencil-sketch animation is combined with live action using a process called “rotoscoping” (which sounds more like something best attempted by a plumber).  It’s like you’re IN the comic book!



5. Ray-Ban Sunglasses win an award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, a mere two years after Risky Business reclaimed Ray-Bans as the most fashionable sunglass. Ahem, product placement, anyone? Bueller?



6. Out of Africa woos audiences with Meryl Streep’s brilliant acting and spot-on accent, Robert Redford’s smoulder, John Barry’s score, and the most achingly beautiful, sweeping shots of African landscapes you’ll ever see. (And incidentally, it’s one of this blogger’s all time favorite films. EVER.)