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Art and Laughter

Art and Laughter
Sheri Klein

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This is the first book to take seriously (though not too seriously) the surprisingly neglected role of humour in art. "Art and Laughter" looks back to comic masters such as Hogarth and Daumier and to Dada, Surrealism and Pop Art, asking what makes us laugh and why. It explores the use of comedy in art from satire and irony to pun, parody and black and bawdy humour. Encouraging laughter in the hallowed space of the gallery, Sheri Klein praises the contemporary artist as 'clown' - often overlooked in favour of the role of artist as 'serious' commentator - and takes us on a tour of the comic work of Red Grooms, Cary Leibowitz, 'The Hairy Who', Richard Prince, Bruce Nauman, Jeff Koons, William Wegman, Vik Muniz and many more. She seeks out those rare smiles in art - from the Mona Lisa onwards - and highlights too the pleasures of the cute, the camp and the downright kitsch.

Author Info

Sheri Klein is Professor of Art Education at The University of Wisconsin-Stout. A practising artist, she is also an avod collector of humorous art.

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Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Art and Series

Paperback
ISBN: 9781850439318
Publication Date: 24 Nov 2006
Number of Pages: 168
Height: 210
Width: 150
Illustrations: 17 halftones

Hardback
ISBN: 9781845112332
Publication Date: 24 Nov 2006
Number of Pages: 168
Height: 210
Width: 150
Illustrations: 17 halftones

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