Humor in Art: A celebration of Visual Wit


Humor In Art: A Celebration Of Visual Wit Hardcover – June 30, 1997
by Nicholas Roukes (Author)

“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 and the witty in 20 century art.”—Art Times.

Editorial Reviews
From School Library Journal
YA–While humor is something we see as having value in our lives, humor in art was historically seen as being in poor taste, blasphemous, and sometimes even perceived as being subversive. Today’s prevailing attitudes embrace a more lighthearted outlook, as this title illustrates. Roukes defines visual humor, showing how it can be funny yet advocate for a very serious cause. He highlights past and present artists such as: Guiseppe Archimboldo, a 16th-century painter famous for his portraits composed of fruit and vegetables; Thomas Nast, an American political cartoonist of the 1800s; and Marcel Duchamp, the famous Dadaist of the 20th century known for his “ready mades.” The author also discusses categories or forms of humor such as satire and parody. He provides numerous full-color reproductions to illustrate his topics. The last chapter gives some exercises for individual artists or classes to do in order to stretch themselves creatively. The pictures are entertaining, and the contemporary content is easy for teens to comprehend. Roukes captions the examples with enough information for readers to understand the intention of the artist in creating the work. While the occasional high school student may wish to study humor in an academic sense, most will just enjoy the visual laugh.

Deborah Francis, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA

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Humor in Art
By A Customer on March 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book celebrates visual humor in its many forms: whimsy, wit, parody, irony, satire, and nonsense. Nearly two hundred reproductions (many in color) are used to illustrate humor as an art form. Various types of visual humor are traced using comic iconography found in early history down through the ages to contemporary times. Both 2-D and 3-D forms of humorous art are considered as the author explores ways in which artists transform ordinary subjects into strange and unconventional ones.

Product Details
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Davis; 1 edition (June 30, 1997)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0871923041
ISBN-13: 978-0871923042
Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 8.6 x 10.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds

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