Artists have always used jokes to make serious statements – about themselves, about the world, about the nature of art. This lecture looks at artists’ jokes through the ages, from medieval monks doodling graffiti in the margins of manuscripts to Banksy turning supermarket walls into social satire. Caravaggio put his own face on Goliath’s severed head as an apology for a racy lifestyle, Michelangelo hid a self-portrait on the hide of St Bartholomew on the Sistine ceiling to express the agony of creation. When Van Gogh attacked formal art education and Salvador Dali got at Picasso, they did it in paint. Trompe l’oeil, parody, visual puns, the moustache on the Mona Lisa – all in fun, all deadly serious: artists’ jokes tell you a lot once you know where to look.
Doors open at 6.30pm. Tea, coffee, bar and a limited choice of light suppers are available before the lecture. A raffle will be held at the December lecture – prizes include a framed Banksy print, and an engraving of Carisbrooke Castle by George Brannon.
Current exhibitions in the West gallery are also available to view and the riverside terrace can be enjoyed when weather permits.
Lectures begin at 8.00pm and finish at approximately 9.15. We ask you to be seated by 7.55pm.
Guests are welcome at a cost of £8.00 and there is free entry for Young Quay members
To find out more about The Arts Society Isle of Wight please visit www.tasiwatquayarts.org.uk