Abstract Humour, Humorous Abstraction

Robert Garnett

in Deleuze and Contemporary Art

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638376
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652662 | DOI:
Abstract Humour, Humorous Abstraction

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This chapter addresses the issues concerning abstract humour and humorous abstraction. It discusses a particular moment in the London art scene of the early 1990s where a kind of virtual-actual vibe or buzz was identified that was constitutive of the energetic intensity of a scene in its becoming. The chapter analyses Gilles Deleuze's work on humour to contrast this emergence to the more ironic practices that still dominate much of the art world today. It suggests that contemporary art's logic should be seen to be that of the joke, a disruptive affect rather than an ironic commentary.

Keywords: abstract humour; humorous abstract; art scene; London; Gilles Deleuze; art world; contemporary art; logic; joke

Chapter.  5301 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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