By Sheri Klein
'Art and Laughter' appears again to comedian masters similar to Hogarth and Daumier and to Dada, Surrealism and dad paintings, asking what makes us snicker 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 area of the gallery, Sheri Klein praises the modern artist as ‘clown’ - frequently neglected 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 artwork - from the Mona Lisa onwards - and highlights too the pleasures of the lovable, the camp and the downright kitsch.
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