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Humor In Art: A Celebration Of Visual Wit

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“Insightful, and mirthful...Six comprehensive chapters define, examine, and illustrate various types of visual humor, including wit and whimsey, parody and satire, and even comic nonsense and Surrealism....Focusing on 20th-century studio art and design, the text also explores caricature and cartooning.”—Curriculum Review. “A light-hearted, visual romp through the whimsical ...more
Published June 30th 1997 by Davis
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Apr 04, 2016 Melki rated it liked it
Shelves: art
One laugh is worth a thousand groans. ~ Confucius

More of a textbook than a coffee table art book, this is something of a treat for anyone who's ever wanted to burst out laughing in a gallery or a museum.

Louise Stanley, Functional Family Triptych (Kids' Version), 1993.

Guy Johnson, Vermeer with Model, 1986.

David Gilhooly, Ducks Descending the Staircase (After Duchamp), 1991.

Go ahead - let 'er rip!

Sometimes art is meant to be funny.
Sep 21, 2015 Andres is currently reading it
The book I read was Humor in Art by Nicholas Roukes. His purpose is to entertain the reader by showing you the funny side of art and discover why visual humor is a funny business. He examines and illustrates the various types of visual humor.
The theme of the book is ‘humor’. The author is trying to tell the reader how you can see the humor in some things but mainly in art. He explains to you all things about that. A good quote that shows you the theme is “Humor does more than tweak the funny bo
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"We are the only creatures who both laugh and weep, and I think it is because we are the only creatures who see the difference between the way things are and the way they might be. Tears bring relief, but laughter brings release." Robert Fulghum

"For health and the constant enjoyment of life, give me a keen and ever present sense of humor; it is the next best thing to an abiding faith." George B. Cheever
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Jun 09, 2012 Dave Riley rated it did not like it
Shelves: art
Hated it: academic and indulgent. Pretentious. It did however reference some key works and artist but then tried to cobble the lot together under the same all in theme.

Not all of it was 'humor'.

Pretty pictures to be had.
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