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The Artist's Joke

Documents of Contemporary Art

By Jennifer Higgie (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 October 2006
This title traces the role humour plays in transforming the practice and experience of art, from the early twentieth-century avant-gardes, through Fluxus and Pop, to the diverse, often uncategorizable works of some of the most influential artist's today. Artists' writings are accompanied and contextualized by the work of critics and thinkers including Freud, Bergson, Helene Cixous, Slavoj A iA ek, Jorg Heiser, Jo Anna Isaak and Ralph Rugoff, among others. Artists surveyed include Leonora Carrington, Maurizio Cattelan, Marcel Duchamp, Marlene Dumas, Fischli & Weiss, Andrea Fraser, Guerilla Girls, Hannah Hoch, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Barbara Kruger, Sarah Lucas, Paul McCarthy, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenberg, Raymond Pettibon, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Richard Prince, Arnulf Rainer, Ad Reinhardt, Ed Ruscha, Carolee Schneemann, David Shrigley, Robert Smithson, Annika Strom, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol. Writers include Hugo Ball, Henri Bergson, Andre Breton, Helene Cixous, Sigmund Freud, Jorg Heiser, Dave Hickey, Jo Anna Isaak, Ralph Rugoff, Peter Schjeldahl, Sheena Wagstaff, Hamza Walker and Slavoj A iA ek.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Playful Judgements; Pop Goes the Weasel; Punchlines; Infinite Jests; Biographical Notes; Bibliography; Index; Acknowledgements.

About the Author

Jennifer Higgie is the co-Editor of frieze magazine. She has published writings on such contemporary artists as Ricky Swallow, Magnus Von Plessen and David Noonan.

Reviews

"...[I]nventive, poignant and brazen as well as humorous. She... takes no prisoners, even when she works in the belly of the beast. ... meticulously researched... yet often, yet often tantalizingly ambiguous..." - Andrea Fraser "The hopes and dreams of worthless losers." - David Shrigley

EAN: 9780854881567
ISBN: 0854881565
Publisher: Whitechapel Art Gallery
Dimensions: 21 x 14.5 x 2.4 centimetres (0.47 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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