Art has always had a continuous engagement with history. Some works of art (music and literature included) may choose to quote history in direct ways and infuse it with irony while others may use history as points of departure to then elaborate upon and lead us to other imaginative worlds. The remix fever that has gripped a large portion of our popular culture started four or five decades ago with the early inventions of the editable magnetic tapes which allowed for a rearrangement of existing music using technology. This was also the time that saw the beginnings of Pop art in America and subsequently in Europe. Artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Leichtenstein, Richard Hamilton and Jasper Johns began to explore visuals produced through mediums of mass communication, to quote or to adopt linguistic idioms.
Hold Your Horses is a Franco-American Band who have recently made a wacky video that recreates art-history. Check out their video