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Below are biographies and analysis of work by artists that have use humor, satire, wit, exaggeration, and ridicule in a significant part of their work.

Satirical Artists: 20 of 313 Total Artists
Baldessari, John Biography, Art & Analysis

Baldessari, John

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John Baldessari, born in 1931, is an American conceptual artist. He often combines image and languages in his art. His early works were canvas paintings that were empty except for painted statements derived from contemporary art theory. His juxtaposition of image and text is reminiscent of Rene Magritte's surrealist paintings.

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Ball, Hugo Biography, Art & Analysis

Ball, Hugo

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Hugo Ball was a German-born author, poet and artist who is credited with leading the Dada movement in Zurich. In 1916, Ball penned the first Dada Manifesto, and claimed that he coined the term 'Dada' by randomly choosing the word from the dictionary.

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Baroness Freytag-Loringhoven Biography, Art & Analysis

Baroness Freytag-Loringhoven

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Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, the provocateur and essential catalyst for New York Dada movement, upended notions of what was considered art.

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Broodthaers, Marcel Biography, Art & Analysis

Broodthaers, Marcel

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Marcel Broodthaers was a Belgian poet, filmmaker and conceptual artist who was born in 1924. He worked principally with found objects and collage, which often contained text. His most noted work was an installation, Musée d'Art Moderne, Department of Eagles, which began in his Brussels home.

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Bunuel, Luis Biography, Art & Analysis

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Luis Bunuel Portoles was a Spanish-born filmmaker and avant-garde auteur. Heavily influenced by Surrealism, Dada and religious lore, Bunuel's films were famous for their disturbing imagery and dreamlike sensibility. In addition to his adopted Mexico, he filmed in France and the United States.

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Cage, John Biography, Art & Analysis

Cage, John

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John Cage was an American composer and conceptual artist who incorporated chance, silence, and environmental effects into his performances. An important art theorist, he influenced choreographers, musicians, and the Fluxus artists of the 1970s.

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Currin, John Biography, Art & Analysis

Currin, John

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John Currin is best known for his provacative subject matter and technical precision. Due to some of his blatantly pornographic figure paintings, Currin has been attacked for being sexist; accusations he sometimes purposely plays upon in his satirical works.

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Daumier, Honoré Biography, Art & Analysis

Daumier, Honoré

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Honore Daumier was an accomplished artist in several media, but especially well-known for his political caricatures and satirical art and key member of the Realism movement.

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Duchamp, Marcel Biography, Art & Analysis

Duchamp, Marcel

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The French artist Marcel Duchamp was an instrumental figure in the avant-garde art worlds of Paris and New York. Moving through Dada, Surrealism, readymades, sculpture, and installation, his work involves conceptual play and an implicit attack on bourgeois art sensibilities.

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Ensor, James Biography, Art & Analysis

Ensor, James

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James Ensor's complex use of allegory and eccentric subject matter, such as carnivals, puppetry, and skeletons, made him one of the nineteenth century's most innovative and important visual artists.

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Grosz, George Biography, Art & Analysis

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George Grosz was a German Dada and Neue Sachlichkeit artist. He was enamored of America and highly critical of Weimar society. Grosz immigrated to the United States just as Hitler came to power and opened a private art school in Des Moines.

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Heartfield, John Biography, Art & Analysis

Heartfield, John

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John Heartfield was a German graphic designer and political activist, most renowned for creating a number of anti-Fascist propaganda photomontages. Heartfield is also noted for his contributions to the Dada movement, creating stage designs, book covers, and altogether merging politics and art.

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Höch, Hannah Biography, Art & Analysis

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Hannah Hoch was a German-born Dada artist. She and Raoul Hausmann were among the first artists to work in photomontage. Hoch is most famous for her works dating from the Weimar years, most notably 1919's 'Cut with the Dada Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany,' which critiqued Weimar Germany.

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Janco, Marcel Biography, Art & Analysis

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Marcel Janco was a Romanian and Israeli visual artist, architect, and art theorist. He was the co-founder of Dada and a proponent of Constructivism in Western Europe, and his work was widely regarded as avant-garde and innovative.

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Johns, Jasper Biography, Art & Analysis

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Jasper Johns is an American artist who rose to prominence in the late 1950s for his multi-media constructions, dubbed by critics as Neo-Dada. Johns' work, including his world-famous targets and American flags series, were important predecessors to Pop art.

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Klein, Yves Biography, Art & Analysis

Klein, Yves

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Klein, Yves Famous Art

Yves Klein attacked many of the ideas of the art world that underpinned abstract painting, audience participation, and other approaches to making and viewing art. Also, he famously used a single color, the rich shade of ultramarine that he made his own, "International Klein Blue."

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Picabia, Francis Biography, Art & Analysis

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Francis Picabia was a French artist who worked in Dada, Surrealist, and abstract modes, often employing language and mechanical imagery. He published the Dada journal 391 in Barcelona and America.

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Taeuber-Arp, Sophie Biography, Art & Analysis

Taeuber-Arp, Sophie

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Sophie Taeuber-Arp is considered to be one of the most important artists of geometric abstraction of the twentieth century. Taeuber-Arp was married to Jean Arp, the major Dada artist, and the two worked together up to her early death.

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Tinguely, Jean Biography, Art & Analysis

Tinguely, Jean

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Jean Tinguely is best known for his sculptural machines, known as metamechanics, that were made in the Dada tradition. His art often satirized the mindless overproduction of material goods in advanced industrial society.

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Tzara, Tristan Biography, Art & Analysis

Tzara, Tristan

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Tristan Tzara was a Romanian and French poet, playwright, and avant-garde performer who played a key role in the development and founding of Dada. A proponent of pure automatic techniques, he had an at-times contentious relationship with the Surrealism's direction in Paris.

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Satirical Artists: 20 of 313 Total Artists



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