Modern Art Can Puck Off

The Turner Prize nominees were announced this week and it seems the competition has taken a decidedly puckish turn. Laure Prouvost, David Shrigley, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Tino Sehgal are unified by their use of mischief, deception and often surreal humour.

The art establishment has always had a tough time with artists like David Shrigley, whose greeting card friendly work has never come at the expense of genuine quality.
This has gotten us wondering about humour and culture, does this signify a shift? Is high culture getting funnier or his humour getting more serious? We’ll be on the lookout for humour in strange places in the future.

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