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Author Klein, Sheri.

Title Art and laughter / Sheri Klein
Published London : I.B. Tauris, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 156 pages) : illustrations
Series Art and--
Art and-
Contents Cover; Title page; Copyright page; Contents; List of Illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction: Taking a Serious Look at Art and Laughter; 1. Before the Laugh; 2. Smiling Portraits in Art; 3. Playing with Words and Images; 4. The Art of Disguise; 5. The Big, the Small and the Funny; 6. Humour, Sex and Death in Art; 7. The Desire for and Consumption of Cuteness; 8. The Public Spectacle: Performance Art and Laughter; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography
Summary 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 w
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 145-151) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Wit and humor in art.
ART -- General.
Wit and humor in art.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0857724630