Art and Laughter (Art and Series) by Sheri Klein

By Sheri Klein

this is often the 1st publication to take heavily - notwithstanding no longer too heavily - the unusually ignored function of humour in paintings.

'Art and Laughter' appears to be like again to comedian masters resembling Hogarth and Daumier and to Dada, Surrealism and dad artwork, asking what makes us chortle and why. It explores using comedy in artwork from satire and irony to pun, parody and black and bawdy humour. Encouraging laughter within the hallowed house of the gallery, Sheri Klein praises the modern artist as ‘clown’ - usually missed in favour of the function of artist as ‘serious’ commentator - and takes us on a travel of the comedian paintings of purple Grooms, Cary Leibowitz, ‘The bushy Who’, Richard Prince, Bruce Nauman, Jeff Koons, William Wegman, Vik Muniz and lots of extra. She seeks out these infrequent smiles in paintings - from the Mona Lisa onwards - and highlights too the pleasures of the lovable, the camp and the downright kitsch.

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