Here's (above) some examples of Pre-Colombian Inca sculpture. So far as I know the Incas were the world's first funny cartoonists, only their medium was pottery and sculpture, rather than paper. The Los Angeles County Museum has a terrific collection of these funny sculptures but it doesn't get much attention from visitors, maybe because the items are so tiny. My suspicion is that it also gets the short shrift because curators and art critics have disdain for funny art. They're a straight-laced bunch.
The reason I mention the Incas is that they're not the only group that's been slighted by critics. The makers of funny Mexican Folk masks also get neglected.
I don't know about you, but I find Mexican masks like this one (above) to be hilarious. Artful, too.
Haw! Why aren't museums collecting these!??
Some of the newest masks look like they were made with high-tech woodworking tools. I'm guessing they're made to sell to tourists, but what's wrong with that? They're still beautiful.