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Deleuze and Contemporary Art$
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Stephen Zepke and Simon O'Sullivan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638376

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638376.001.0001

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Abstract Humour, Humorous Abstraction

Abstract Humour, Humorous Abstraction

(p.176) Chapter 10 Abstract Humour, Humorous Abstraction
Deleuze and Contemporary Art

Robert Garnett

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter addresses the issues concerning abstract humour and humorous abstraction. It discusses a particular moment in the London art scene of the early 1990s where a kind of virtual-actual vibe or buzz was identified that was constitutive of the energetic intensity of a scene in its becoming. The chapter analyses Gilles Deleuze's work on humour to contrast this emergence to the more ironic practices that still dominate much of the art world today. It suggests that contemporary art's logic should be seen to be that of the joke, a disruptive affect rather than an ironic commentary.

Keywords:   abstract humour, humorous abstract, art scene, London, Gilles Deleuze, art world, contemporary art, logic, joke

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