Laughter is universal; it transcends culture, trends, and time. The art world, however, is not considered to be droll. Galleries and museums are stoic, intellectual spaces and works of art are discussed in academic terms. Yet in this scholarly world there are artists that buck conventions and use humor to engage us and make us laugh and think. Art is a medium of communication and the artists in this issue have found that humor is the most powerful way to engage their audience and convey their message.Â
This class clowns issue of Beautiful/Decay is dedicated to those artists who pack their work not only with meaning but with a powerful punch line that keeps us coming back for more. Join us as we delve into the world of Winnie Truongâ€™s surreal and funny portraits, and find the humor in Devin Troy Strotherâ€™s discomfort with his own race. Witness how Maurizio Cattelan has become the art worldâ€™s premier prankster and gain insight into artistic duo littlewhiteheadâ€™s mixture of dark humor and lo-tech fabrication. View our cover artist Stefan Glerumâ€™s arresting illustrations, and Ben Aquaâ€™s subversive photography. See how William Powhidaâ€™s cynical, self-deprecating, and universally criticizing works take the role of the court jester to a new level. As if that werenâ€™t enough to keep you busy, weâ€™ve also invited an international cast of artists, illustrators, and designers to create original works for our Project Pages based on our theme.
164 pages, full color, 7x9 inches, hand numbered on the back cover in an edition of 2,000
So get out your X-ray specs as we explore the worlds of Beautiful/Decayâ€™s class clowns.
Other featured artists: William Barry Roberts, Mark Benson, Charles Irvin, Chris Kerr, Daniel Davidson, David Leggett, Felipe Goncalves, Ginette Lapalme, Jared Andrew Schorr, Mark Flood, MR. Phomer, Sisilia Piring, Stephen Kelleher, Milana Braslavsky