The World Turned Upside Down – Buster Keaton, Sculpture and the Absurd

Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, 4 October – 14 December

By Helen Sumpter

Hayley Newman, Domestique (detail), 2010–13. Courtesy the artist and Matt’s Gallery, London

One aspect of slapstick is the zany comedy of clowning: ooh-er, crash, bang, bish bosh, thwack, custard pie, whoopee! But it’s the more nuanced and less humorous elements of the genre that this group show aims to highlight, through a selection of film, sculpture, installation and performance by 25 artists, from the late 1960s to the present day, and which takes as its initial reference point the silent films of Buster Keaton.Slapstick in general and Keaton in particular have long been source material for both…

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