Time for a bit of froth.
Now, dear readers and fellow-bloggers, I need your help.
I’m on the hunt for Funny Art and Art Jokes. Having scoured the internet (well, the first page of a Googled search – you know how it is) I have been appalled to discover just how little of the funny stuff there is out there.
And I don’t mean Bad Art, hilarious as it often is. You will recall my delight at coming across The Museum of Bad Art and the ghastly treasures therein:
No. I want Art With A Humourous Intent.
There must be some out there.
Of course, there’s David Shrigley. But even he doesn’t find his work that amusing.
On this he and I are as one.
(I did however find the ‘catocopter’ – very Shrigleyesque – entertaining for about a minute.
I love my cat, but that doesn’t stop me being a sicko.)
And ‘art jokes’! Where are they?
And why, with a terrible irony, considering he’s viewed as the most tragic of geniuses, do most of them seem to be about poor old Vincent ?
“Man walks into a pub and sees van Gogh standing at the bar. “Oi, Vinnie! You’re my hero! Let me buy you a drink?”
“You’re alright, pal. I’ve got one ‘ere’.”
Hahahaha. Ahem. Not really.
And then there are those dreadful ‘Van Gogh’s Relatives’:
His Mexican cousin’s American half brother — Grin Gogh
The constipated uncle — Can’t Gogh
His niece traveling the country in a van — Winnie Bay Gogh
His nephew the psychoanalyst — E Gogh
And so on and so forth.
It took me a while to even ‘get’ them. We Brits – equally egregiously, I’m sure, to Dutch ears – pronounce ‘Gogh’ as ‘Goff’.
His notorious truant Brummie nephew – Bunkin Gogh
His eternally contagious niece – Whooping Gogh (Ouch.)
His cricketing, ‘Strictly’-winning second cousin – Darren Gogh:
I know. They’re rubbish. I’m trying here.
Oh, and for the record I don’t want ‘witty’, pointed jokes. You know what I mean:
“During World War II an inquisitive German officer was harassing Picasso in his Parisian apartment. Noticing a photograph of Guernica lying on a table he asked the artist ”did you do that?” “No, you did,” responded Picasso.”
These aren’t funny.
Sharp, maybe. Funny, no.
Unless you’re the type who goes to Shakepeare comedies and ‘laughs’ smugly and a bit too loudly to show how erudite and cultured you are. If you are the type, know this:
I hate you.
So, c’mon guys. Help me out here.
All contributions very gratefully received.
Let’s have a laugh.
God knows, we could all do with it.
I thought this recent ‘Jubilee’ work by T’Art Club member Vincent Lee was amusing:
Check out also this post by Ann Jones: