By Sheri Klein

this is often the 1st e-book to take heavily - notwithstanding no longer too heavily - the strangely overlooked position of humour in artwork.

'Art and Laughter' seems to be again to comedian masters equivalent to Hogarth and Daumier and to Dada, Surrealism and pa paintings, asking what makes us snort and why. It explores using comedy in paintings 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 ignored in favour of the position 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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