THE ARTS SOCIETY NORTH EAST CHESHIRE
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THE ART OF THE JOKE
LECTURE AND CHRISTMAS LUNCH TO BE HELD AT THE HALLMARK (BELFRY) HOTEL
SUSIE HARRIES Writer, lecturer and editor Wednesday 13 December 2017

Artists have always used jokes to make serious statements – about themselves, about the world, about the nature of art: the jokes tell you a lot once you know where to look.  This lecture looks at art jokes through the ages, from medieval monks doodling in the margins of manuscripts to Banksy turning supermarket walls into social satire.  Caravaggio put his own face on Goliaths' severed head as an apology for a racy lifestyle, Michelangelo hid a self-portrait on the flayed hide of St Bartholomew on the Sistine ceiling to express the agony of creation.  When Van Gogh poked fun at art schools and Salvador Dali mocked Picasso, they hid it in paint.  Trompe l'oeil, parody, visual puns, the moustache on the Mona Lisa – all in fun, all deadly serious.