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Carnivalesque by Hyman & Malbert

This book explores the history of humor and the grotesque imagination in Western art from the Middle Ages to the present day.

it explains thet Carnival, a celebration marked by license and folly, was first recorded in the later Middle Agesas a pre-Lenten feast culminating in Mardi Gras.

It includes grotesque images: masks and monsters, bared buttocks and breasts, enemas and projectile vomiting, feasting giants and fools.

It focuses on artists such as Brueghel, Jacques Callot, the Tiepolos, James Gillray, and Francisco Goya and on the popular imagery from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries set alongside satirical prints by Daumier, James Ensor, and Max Beckmann.

It explains thet folk humor and the transformative power of laughter are important elements of carnivalesque, and its depiction of highspirited fun is often bawdy and base.

Four major canon of the carnivalesque are deligned: The Tumultuous Crowd, The World Turned Upside-Down, The Comic Mask, and The Grotesque Body.

The main points of the Carnevalesque are the exaggeration and degradation.

It illustrates contemporary artists such as Louise Bourgeois and Paul McCarthy and Marisa Carnesky, paintings by Paula Rego and Red Grooms, and video installations by Leigh Bowery.

Louise Bourgeois, Temper Tantrum, 2000


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