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The artist's joke /

by Higgie, Jennifer [editor of compilation.].
Type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Documents of contemporary art series: Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2007Description: 237 pages ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9780262582742 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Art, Modern -- 20th century | Art, Modern -- 21st century | Wit and humor in art
Contents:
Playful judgements -- Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic, 1900 / Henri Bergson -- Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious, 1905 / Sigmund Freud -- Dada Fragments, 1916-17 / Hugo Ball -- The Painter, c. 1920 / Hannah Höch -- Five-Minute Intermission, 1920 / Francis Picabia -- 391, 1921 / Funny Guy -- Poem, 1935 / Pablo Picasso -- The Debutante, 1939 / Leonora Carrington -- Lightning Rod, 1940 / André Breton -- Selected Texts, Anthology of Black Humour, 1940 / Marcel Duchamp -- Pop goes the weasel -- Fluxus Performance and Humour, 1995 / Kristine Stiles -- From The Store, 1961-62 / Claes Oldenburg -- To be Part of Things, 1966 / Ad Reinhardt -- From Ivan the Terrible to Roger Corman, or Paradoxes of Conduct in Mannerism as Reflected in the Cinema, 1967 / Robert Smithson -- Face Farces, 1971 / Arnulf Rainer -- The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again), 1975 / Andy Warhol -- Comic Iconoclasm, 1987 / Sheena Wagstaff -- Breaking the Silence: Interview with Joan Simon, 1987 / Bruce Nauman -- Ed Ruscha: Traffic and Laughter, 1991 / Peter Schjeldahl -- Curb Your Romanticism: Bas Jan Ader's Slapstick, 2006 / Jörg Heiser -- Punchlines -- From spool # 2 for Kitch's Last Meal, 1973 / Carolee Schneemann -- The Laugh of the Medusa, 1975 / Hélène Cixous -- The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist, 1988 / Guerrilla Girls -- Tell Me Everything: Interview with Stuart Morgan, 1989 / Richard Prince -- Foul Perfection: Notes on Caricature, 1989 / Mike Kelley -- Not Funny, 1990 / Barbara Kruger -- From B: Interview with Jutta Koether, 1990 / Martin Kippenberger -- Deviations on a Theme: Works by Paul McCarthy, 1993 / Ralph Rugoff -- The Revolutionary Power of Women's Laughter, 1996 / Jo Anna Isaak -- Frivolity and Unction, 1997 / Dave Hickey -- The Blonde, the Brunette and the Black Woman, 1998 / Marlene Dumas -- Jokes Interrupted: Martin Kippenberger's Receding Punchline, 2006 / Gregory Williams -- Interview with Jörg Heiser, 2006 / Peter Fischli and David Weiss -- Infinite jests.-- A Nod's as Good as a Wink: Interview with Carl Freedman, 1994 / Sarah Lucas -- The Laugh of No. 13, 1994 / Anna Tilroe -- Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam, 1995 / Michael Bracewell -- Kara Walker, 1997 / Hamza Walker -- Just Joking: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Humour, 1998 / Berys Gaut -- Jokes: Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matters, 1999 / Ted Cohen -- Official Welcome, 2001 / Andrea Fraser -- Working and William, 2002 / Stuart Horodner -- I Recently Helped Repair the Broken Horn of Pan, 2003 / Frances Stark -- The Unbearable Lightness of Being, 2003 / Suzanne Cotter -- Sean Landers: Art and Language, 2004 / Alex Farquharson -- Punk's Unofficial Artist: Interview with John O'Connor, 2005 / Raymond Pettibon -- Excuse me, but I need to lie down here and think about my next piece of art, 2005 / Annika Ström -- The First Six Moments from Twelve Moments in the Life of the Artist, 2005 / David Sedaris -- Poisoned Pen, 2006 / Dan Fox -- 1974 Reflections./Microego./casseten of truth./2 PSTNZS hugging./Kinski Eats God and Vomits Man. Film Script, 2006 / Nathaniel Mellors -- Maurizio Cattelan: Infinite Jester, 2005 / Tom Morton -- Humour: The Secret of Aesthetic Sublimation, 2005 / Heike Munder -- The Christian-Hegelian Comedy, 2005 / Slavoj Zizek
Review: "Ever since Freud's Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious appeared in 1905, humor both light and dark has frequently surfaced as a subversive, troubling, or liberating element in art. The Artist's Joke surveys the rich and diverse uses of humor by avant-garde and contemporary artists. The texts collected in this new reader from London's Whitechapel Gallery examine what André Breton called the “lightning bolt” of the unsettlingly comic, as seen in the anarchic wordplay of Duchamp, Picasso, the Dadaists, and Surrealists; Pop's fetish for kitsch and the comic strip; Bruce Nauman's sinister clowns and twisted puns; Richard Prince's joke paintings; art ambushed by feminist wit, from the Dadaism of Hannah Höch in the 1920s to the politicized conceptualism of Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger in the 1980s; the serenely uncanny in Mike Kelley's installations and the risibly grotesque in Paul McCarthy's; and the strangely comic scenarios of artists as various as Maurizio Cattelan, Andrea Fraser, Raymond Pettibon, and David Shrigley. Artists' writings are accompanied and contextualized by the work of critics and thinkers including Freud, Bergson, Hélène Cixous, Slavoj Žižek, Jörg Heiser, Jo Anna Isaak, and Ralph Rugoff. Jennifer Higgie is the coeditor of frieze magazine. She has published writings on such contemporary artists as Ricky Swallow, Magnus Von Plessen, and David Noonan."-- Publisher website.
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"Co-published by Whitechapel and The MIT Press"--T.p.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Playful judgements -- Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic, 1900 / Henri Bergson -- Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious, 1905 / Sigmund Freud -- Dada Fragments, 1916-17 / Hugo Ball -- The Painter, c. 1920 / Hannah Höch -- Five-Minute Intermission, 1920 / Francis Picabia -- 391, 1921 / Funny Guy -- Poem, 1935 / Pablo Picasso -- The Debutante, 1939 / Leonora Carrington -- Lightning Rod, 1940 / André Breton -- Selected Texts, Anthology of Black Humour, 1940 / Marcel Duchamp -- Pop goes the weasel -- Fluxus Performance and Humour, 1995 / Kristine Stiles -- From The Store, 1961-62 / Claes Oldenburg -- To be Part of Things, 1966 / Ad Reinhardt -- From Ivan the Terrible to Roger Corman, or Paradoxes of Conduct in Mannerism as Reflected in the Cinema, 1967 / Robert Smithson -- Face Farces, 1971 / Arnulf Rainer -- The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again), 1975 / Andy Warhol -- Comic Iconoclasm, 1987 / Sheena Wagstaff -- Breaking the Silence: Interview with Joan Simon, 1987 / Bruce Nauman -- Ed Ruscha: Traffic and Laughter, 1991 / Peter Schjeldahl -- Curb Your Romanticism: Bas Jan Ader's Slapstick, 2006 / Jörg Heiser -- Punchlines -- From spool # 2 for Kitch's Last Meal, 1973 / Carolee Schneemann -- The Laugh of the Medusa, 1975 / Hélène Cixous -- The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist, 1988 / Guerrilla Girls -- Tell Me Everything: Interview with Stuart Morgan, 1989 / Richard Prince -- Foul Perfection: Notes on Caricature, 1989 / Mike Kelley -- Not Funny, 1990 / Barbara Kruger -- From B: Interview with Jutta Koether, 1990 / Martin Kippenberger -- Deviations on a Theme: Works by Paul McCarthy, 1993 / Ralph Rugoff -- The Revolutionary Power of Women's Laughter, 1996 / Jo Anna Isaak -- Frivolity and Unction, 1997 / Dave Hickey -- The Blonde, the Brunette and the Black Woman, 1998 / Marlene Dumas -- Jokes Interrupted: Martin Kippenberger's Receding Punchline, 2006 / Gregory Williams -- Interview with Jörg Heiser, 2006 / Peter Fischli and David Weiss -- Infinite jests.-- A Nod's as Good as a Wink: Interview with Carl Freedman, 1994 / Sarah Lucas -- The Laugh of No. 13, 1994 / Anna Tilroe -- Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam, 1995 / Michael Bracewell -- Kara Walker, 1997 / Hamza Walker -- Just Joking: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Humour, 1998 / Berys Gaut -- Jokes: Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matters, 1999 / Ted Cohen -- Official Welcome, 2001 / Andrea Fraser -- Working and William, 2002 / Stuart Horodner -- I Recently Helped Repair the Broken Horn of Pan, 2003 / Frances Stark -- The Unbearable Lightness of Being, 2003 / Suzanne Cotter -- Sean Landers: Art and Language, 2004 / Alex Farquharson -- Punk's Unofficial Artist: Interview with John O'Connor, 2005 / Raymond Pettibon -- Excuse me, but I need to lie down here and think about my next piece of art, 2005 / Annika Ström -- The First Six Moments from Twelve Moments in the Life of the Artist, 2005 / David Sedaris -- Poisoned Pen, 2006 / Dan Fox -- 1974 Reflections./Microego./casseten of truth./2 PSTNZS hugging./Kinski Eats God and Vomits Man. Film Script, 2006 / Nathaniel Mellors -- Maurizio Cattelan: Infinite Jester, 2005 / Tom Morton -- Humour: The Secret of Aesthetic Sublimation, 2005 / Heike Munder -- The Christian-Hegelian Comedy, 2005 / Slavoj Zizek

"Ever since Freud's Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious appeared in 1905, humor both light and dark has frequently surfaced as a subversive, troubling, or liberating element in art. The Artist's Joke surveys the rich and diverse uses of humor by avant-garde and contemporary artists. The texts collected in this new reader from London's Whitechapel Gallery examine what André Breton called the “lightning bolt” of the unsettlingly comic, as seen in the anarchic wordplay of Duchamp, Picasso, the Dadaists, and Surrealists; Pop's fetish for kitsch and the comic strip; Bruce Nauman's sinister clowns and twisted puns; Richard Prince's joke paintings; art ambushed by feminist wit, from the Dadaism of Hannah Höch in the 1920s to the politicized conceptualism of Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger in the 1980s; the serenely uncanny in Mike Kelley's installations and the risibly grotesque in Paul McCarthy's; and the strangely comic scenarios of artists as various as Maurizio Cattelan, Andrea Fraser, Raymond Pettibon, and David Shrigley. Artists' writings are accompanied and contextualized by the work of critics and thinkers including Freud, Bergson, Hélène Cixous, Slavoj Žižek, Jörg Heiser, Jo Anna Isaak, and Ralph Rugoff. Jennifer Higgie is the coeditor of frieze magazine. She has published writings on such contemporary artists as Ricky Swallow, Magnus Von Plessen, and David Noonan."-- Publisher website.

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