Presenting works rife with wit and a hint of the absurd, An Eyeful of Wry is an exhibition intent on exploring art cut with a wry sense of humour.
From droll, 18th-century caricatures by James Gillray, to satirical prints and Simon Faithfull’s video of an impossible journey, these works in different media explore our respective positions – the artist as the joker and the viewer as a sharp-eyed observer. They offer an insightful look at the blend of art and comedy that has shaped the Government Art Collection since its inception.
The exhibition presents work by a range of contemporary artists exploring humour in its many forms. Alongside work by artists such as Grayson Perry, Bob and Roberta Smith and Cornelia Parker, is a group of contrasting satirical prints from the 18th and 19th centuries including work by James Gillray.
New work by British artist Peter Liversidge will also be displayed for the first time, including a video featuring the comedian Phill Jupitus. In the film, created exclusively for this exhibition, he is seen repeating the same humorous story over and over again for more than an hour.
The exhibition will be hosted in the Brynmor Jones Library, which already this year has been home to a diverse programme of visual arts from the recent Philip Larkin retrospective to the Lines of Thought collection of drawings by the likes of Michelangelo and Picasso.
Monday to Friday: 10am to 7pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 5pm.
Free admission – no booking required. Members of the public are welcome.
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