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By Sheri Klein

this can be the 1st booklet to take heavily - even though now not too heavily - the unusually overlooked function of humour in artwork.

'Art and Laughter' appears to be like again to comedian masters akin to Hogarth and Daumier and to Dada, Surrealism and pa artwork, asking what makes us giggle 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 neglected in favour of the function of artist as ‘serious’ commentator - and takes us on a travel of the comedian paintings of crimson Grooms, Cary Leibowitz, ‘The furry Who’, Richard Prince, Bruce Nauman, Jeff Koons, William Wegman, Vik Muniz and plenty of extra. She seeks out these infrequent smiles in artwork - from the Mona Lisa onwards - and highlights too the pleasures of the lovable, the camp and the downright kitsch.

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