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[英伦广角] 【整理】2010-08-15 London Exhibition: Rude Britannia

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Art galleries aren't normally the place to go if you fancy a laugh. But an exhibition at Tate Britain is proving an exception. Rude Britannia is a collection of comic art from the 17th century to the present day. From William Hogarth's Rake’s Progress to Margaret Thatcher’s spitting image puppet, to the Frankly -- absurd.

Tate Britain teamed up with guest curators including Gerald Scarfe, Harry Hill and the editors of Viz to look at how comedy in paintings, postcards and puppets has shaped our society.

“Well, British comic art, I think, is in a great tradition. And you think of carry on the films, and you think of thing right back to Hogarth and
Gillray how they criticize the people in the, the elitely leaders, politicians, and so forth. And I think that's very healthy, really.”

Artists know there's no better way to
be encouraging people to think than through laughter. Some of the methods they've used are innovative, to say the least.

“There is a chamber pot in the early 19th century which gives you the chance to, well, it is said, kind of comment on the tyranny of Napoleon, because Napoleon’s bust feature is in the bottom of its chamber pot, so if you use it, then you end up... Well, defacing, let's say, Napoleon.”

Over the last half century Scarfe has helped politicians to account through his clever, but often brutal cartoons. He famously
portrayed Margaret Thatcher as a fang-toothed pterodactyl and is enjoying the fresh meat of the Coalition Government.

“I always draw Cameron as sort of, part of the Bullingdon, an Old Etonian the Bullingdon Club. I draw him in the Bullingdon Club outfit always. He's got kind of high forehead. What a big nose really, and pouch dangle eyes and his jaws, I think, are getting lower and lower and then getting sort of heavier and heavier down here. He's sort of thickening up with the effect of power upon him.”

As the saying goes, the picture paints a thousand words. Lucy McDonald. Sky News.
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  • quanyingbao19

感谢Kingsrain关于Bullingdon的解释
文中还提到了old etonian老伊顿
简而言之,布林顿俱乐部就是牛津大学的社团,也就是现任英国首相卡梅隆的毕业院校
而伊顿公学就是他读书的中学,被称为英国首相的摇篮
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