BALTIC+

The Artist's Joke (Documents of Contemporary Art)

The Artist's Joke (Documents of Contemporary Art)
Library Shelf Location 05.HIGG
Publication Date Oct 2007
Description Ever since Freud's Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious appeared in 1905, humor both light and dark has frequently surfaced as a subversive, troubling, or liberating element in art. The Artist's Joke surveys the rich and diverse uses of humor by avant-garde and contemporary artists. The texts collected in this new reader from London's Whitechapel Gallery examine what André Breton called the "lightning bolt" of the unsettlingly comic, as seen in the anarchic wordplay of Duchamp, Picasso, the Dadaists, and Surrealists; Pop's fetish for kitsch and the comic strip; Bruce Nauman's sinister clowns and twisted puns; Richard Prince's joke paintings; art ambushed by feminist wit, from the Dadaism of Hannah Höch in the 1920s to the politicized conceptualism of Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger in the 1980s; the serenely uncanny in Mike Kelley's installations and the risibly grotesque in Paul McCarthy's; and the strangely comic scenarios of artists as various as Maurizio Cattelan, Andrea Fraser, Raymond Pettibon, and David Shrigley. Artists' writings are accompanied and contextualized by the work of critics and thinkers including Freud, Bergson, Hélène Cixous, Slavoj Zizek, Jörg Heiser, Jo Anna Isaak, and Ralph Rugoff.
ISBN 9780262582742
Quantity 1
Pages 208 pp. 6 x 8 1/2
Editor Jennifer Higgie
Format Paperback
Publishers MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Related Artists Andrea Fraser, Andy Warhol, Annika Strom, Barbara Kruger, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenburg, David Shrigley, Ed Ruscha, Marcel Duchamp, Marlene Dumas, Martin Kippenberger, Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibon, Richard Prince, Robert Smithson, Pablo Picasso, Kara Walker, Ad Reinhardt, Carolee Schneemann, Arnulf Rainer, Francis Picabia, Guerrilla Girls, Hannah Hoch, Fischli & Weiss, Leonora Carrington, Maurizio Cattelan, Sarah Lucas
Category Art Theory/Criticism
Keyword Humour
Language English

Other Artists

Other Recent Books