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The Significance of Authorial ‘Play Spaces’ for Seriously Funny Art

McCartney, Nicola (2023) The Significance of Authorial ‘Play Spaces’ for Seriously Funny Art. In: Comedy in Crises: Weaponising Humour in Contemporary Art. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 97-118. ISBN 978-3-031-18960-9

Type of Research: Book Section
Creators: McCartney, Nicola

This chapter argues that comedy in art needs more nuanced, academic attention. It posits that humour is not necessarily transformative and that funny artworks should not be superficially compared as a genre. Instead, it is argued that a play space for the ‘seriousness’ of the artworld is first needed for artwork jokes to be more effective; to provoke debate and make change. It uses an interdisciplinary approach, traversing feminism, authorship theories, art history and comedy studies to consider authorial dissidence as one form of creating a play space which allows for the appreciation of seriously funny art. It uses a series of artistic case studies, ranging from the early twentieth century to date, which all straddle the inside and out of the capitalist, Euro-American, patriarchal artworld via their incongruous authorships, such as pseudonyms or anonymity. They are thus discussed as artworld jesters who poke fun at the ‘court’, their liminal positions serve as unique perspectives from which to analyse the agency of critical humour in art, contributing to this emerging scholarship.

Official Website: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-031-18961-6_7
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Humour, feminism, authorship, contemporary art
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Palgrave Macmillan
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: April 2023
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1007/978-3-031-18961-6_7
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2023 14:42
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2023 13:01
Item ID: 19973
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/19973

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