ARTISTS HAVE ALWAYS USED JOKES TO MAKE SERIOUS STATEMENTS – ABOUT THEMSELVES, ABOUT THE WORLD, ABOUT THE NATURE OF ART. This lecture looks at artists’ jokes through the
ARTISTS HAVE ALWAYS USED JOKES TO MAKE SERIOUS STATEMENTS – ABOUT THEMSELVES, ABOUT THE WORLD, ABOUT THE NATURE OF ART.
This lecture looks at artists’ jokes through the ages, from medieval monks doodling graffiti in the margins of manuscripts to Banksy turning supermarket walls into social satire.
Caravaggio put his own face on Goliath’s severed head as an apology for a racy lifestyle, Michelangelo hid a self-portrait on the hide of St Bartholomew on the Sistine ceiling to express the agony of creation. When Van Gogh attacked formal art education and Salvador Dali got at Picasso, they did it in paint. Trompe l’oeil, parody, visual puns, the moustache on the Mona Lisa – all in fun, all deadly serious: artists’ jokes tell you a lot once you know where to look.
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Susie Harries is a writer, editor and lecturer, specialising in twentieth-century culture and history.
Her most recent book is a biography of Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, which won a Wolfson History Prize and was short-listed for both the Duff Cooper and James Tait Black Prizes in 2012. She lives in London with her husband Meirion, with whom she has published seven books.
She is an accredited Arts Society lecturer and has also spoken at the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Victorian Society, the Betjeman Society, the 20th Century Society, the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution, the Jewish Book Festival, and the Cheltenham, Beaminster, Bridport and Port Eliot literary festivals.
Susie read Classics at Cambridge and did research into pre-Socratic philosophy at Oxford, before working for a music agency, the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption, and the Royal Society of Arts, where she was Head of Ethics.
(Thursday) 3:00 pm
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