The Beards of Art History–The Final

George Ohr continued his steamroller-esque run through the bracket, taking Frida Kahlo out with 93% of the vote. Salvador Dali had a little more difficulty, beating Ai Weiwei with 61% of the vote.

So now, it’s all come down to this . . . the final. Salvador Dali. George Ohr. Who has the greatest facial hair in art history? Vote below!


Beards of Art History: The Final Four

After Friday’s voting, we are down to the final four in our Beards of Art History contest. George Ohr continues to breeze through the bracket (he took 91% of the vote), and Dali (83%) hasn’t had too much trouble either. Frida Kahlo BARELY beat out Carl Andre, and Ai Weiwei won in a fairly comfortable fashion over Ana Mendieta and her glued on mustache. So that leaves us with this:

(1) George Ohr v. (4) Frida Kahlo

(2) Salvador Dali v. (3) Ai Weiwei

March Madness: The Beards of Art History



Scroll down to the matchups to see the results of the voting!

There are always so many parody tournaments out there this time of year, capitalizing on the “March Madness” theme. My first was 8 or 9 years ago, where we had a 48-entrant tournament for the best old school video game of all time (Super Mario Bros. was the winner).


We’ve also done animal fights to the death, best cartoon villians, favorite foods, and favorite candy. We do presentations on our favorite artists and vote on the best as part of the curriculum. I haven’t been in love with any of my latest ideas, and it’s been a couple of years, but we’re back this year with a great tournament AND an art tie-in: The Beards of Art History.

I decided to allow a little bit of leeway with the definition of what constitutes a “beard”. Salvador Dali’s mustache is here, as are Frida Kahlo’s eyebrows (eyebrow?), and a couple other surprises. They are seeded 1 through 16, from best to worst, and matched up accordingly in the first round. We’re not without controversy, however, as the seeding committee left off the beards of a couple old masters (Michelangelo and DaVinci), as well as Albrecht Durer.

Below are the official seeds and matchups; remember we’re voting on beards only, not artistic talent or quality of work. We do spend some time talking about the art, however–it should be a little bit educational, right? Our first round voting will be Wednesday and Thursday, with quarterfinals Friday, semifinals Monday, and finals on Tuesday. I will be collecting votes in class, and on Twitter (I’m @eastartroom). Feel free to chime in when I tweet out the matchups or in the comments here!

(1) George Ohr DEFEATS (16) Edouard Vuillard

(8) 1960s Chuck Close LOSES TO (9) 2000s Chuck Close

(4) Frida Kahlo DEFEATS (13) Gustav Klimt

(5) Carl Andre DEFEATS (12) Vincent van Gogh

(2) Salvador Dali DEFEATS (15) Henri Matisse

(7) Man Ray’s ½ Beard DEFEATS (10) Gustave Courbet

(3) Ai Weiwei DEFEATS (14) Constantin Brancusi

(6) Auguste Rodin BARELY LOSES TO (11) Ana Mendieta’s Glued On Mustache Made from Her Real Hair

A few thoughts from our official analysts (my seniors):

  • Rodin seems underseeded at 6. Should be higher, and he’s got a tough first-round matchup.
  • Good thing Ana Mendieta and Carl Andre are on opposite sides of the bracket. Could be awkward.
  • Carl Andre looks like his hair migrated down his face and collected in his beard.
  • Looking for Courbet to pull the upset over that weird half-beard.
  • Vuillard doesn’t stand a chance.

Can’t wait for this to start!