Lisson Gallery

Knock Knock: Humour in Contemporary Art co-curated by Ryan Gander

22 September 2018

KNOCK KNOCK explores the enduring use of humour as a device in contemporary art. Featuring works by more than thirty artists, including Ceal Floyer, Rodney Graham, Christian Jankowski and a new work by Joyce Pensato (pictured above, detail of Take Me To Your Leader, 2018). The show spans the South London Gallery’s main space and three floors of its new annexe in the former Peckham Road Fire Station.


Curated by SLG Director, Margot Heller, with artist Ryan Gander, KNOCK KNOCK brings works by internationally established figures with newly commissioned and existing works by younger practitioners. The show provides a surprising encounter with a broad range of humorous strategies, from slapstick, parody and caricature through to the in-joke, one-liner and visual pun.

At a time of much upheaval and unease in the world, KNOCK KNOCK aims to raise a smile at a joyous moment in the history of the SLG, but also to explore what makes us laugh in art and why.

Artists: Eleanor Antin, Simeon Barclay, Chila Kumari Burman, Maurizio Cattelan, Heman Chong, Martin Creed, Danielle Dean, Ceal Floyer, Tom Friedman, Ryan Gander, Gelitin, Rodney Graham, Lucy Gunning, Matthew Higgs, Judith Hopf, Jamie Isenstein, Christian Jankowski, Barbara Kruger, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Roy Lichtenstein, Sarah Lucas, Basim Magdy, Suds McKenna, Jill McKnight, Jayson Musson, Harold Offeh, Hardeep Pandhal, Joyce Pensato, Ugo Rondinone, Lily van der Stokker, Pilvi Takala, Rosemarie Trockel, Yonatan Vinitsky, Rebecca Warren, Bedwyr Williams and Amelie von Wulffen.

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