Adam Ruins Art is the fifth episode of Season 2 of Adam Ruins Everything. The episode aired on August 8, 2017.
In this episode, Adam asks what makes art great by illustrating why certain pieces are considered classics (regardless of merit), exposing the masters as clever copycats and revealing how today’s fine art market is primarily a tax dodge for the super-rich.
The episode opens in an art studio, with a woman drawing and trying to make true, original, fine art. Adam poses the question of what makes great art and shows why pieces visible to the masses are revered, regardless of artistic merit.
Adam interviews Dr. James E. Cutting, a Professor of Psychology, to discuss the near exposure effect.
Adam then exposes the masters as copycats and reveals that today's art market is a big moneymaking scheme. Buyers try to only sell paintings to art elites to push up the prices on the art they sell.
- Nathan Barnatt as Van Gogh
- Celesta DeAstis as Persphone
- Johnathan Fernandez as Flamien Flirst
- Rae Gray as Harry Potter
- Steven LaChioma as Michaelangelo/ V.O. Guard 1
- Adam Lustick as Shakespeare
- Matt Walton as Don Draper/ V.O. Visitor
- Evan Watkins as Han Solo/ V.O. Guard 2
- Sean Bolger as Russian
- Patrick Daniel as Auctioneer
- Hari Dhillon as Gallery Owner
- Timothy E. Goodwin as Cardinal
- Brendan Hunt as Instructor
- Anthony Marciona as Mobster
- Ravi Naidu as Accountant
- Michael Nanfria as CIA Chief
- Curtis Rainsberry as Art Doof
- Gita Reddy as Collector
- Dusty Sorg as Ketchup Artist