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UK Group Show

Staged at the invitation of Bermondsey Project Resident Curator, Edward Lucie-Smith

5-21 October 2012
Mon – Sun, 1 - 6pm.
Bermondsey Project, 46 Willow Walk, London SE1 5SF

Facebook event page. Gallery site www.bermondseyproject.co.uk Tel: 020 7036 2416
Travel to Borough tube and walk or catch a bus down Great Dover Street to Bricklayer's Arms stop. Another route is Tower Hill tube and bus down Tower Bridge Road. Or various other routes...

Photos of the show by Ella Guru and Chris Yates

Stuckists: Elizabethan Avant-Garde took place at the Bermondsey Project at the invitation of the resident curator, world-renowned critic, Edward Lucie-Smith who said:

1. Stuckism is now, whether one likes it or not, an important part of the British art scene, and the barrier that used to exist between Stuckism and the rest of the British contemporary art world has started to break down.

2. Some interesting parallels exist between the early years of Stuckism and the early years of the 19th century Pre-Raphaelite Movement. 19th century critics excoriated the Pre-Raphaelites when they first appeared, and in fact became quite paranoid about them.

3. The Stuckist movement has been remarkably durable, and now has an undoubted place in the history of British 20/21st century art.

4. It has also established itself as an international art movement, largely through an intelligent use of the Web.

5. It is democratic and anti-elitist (good reasons why I tend to support it).

6. There is no such thing as a recognisable Stuckist style, imposed by an art guru or group of art gurus. Within the boundaries of opposition to Conceptual artworks, which are purely intellectual structures; and even more so, of opposition to art that is manufactured by others, and not by the artist himself or herself, Stuckist artist do what the creative spirit moves them to do.

He added, "But, while I am sympathetic to many aspects of Stuckism, I am not in fact a Stuckist!"

The show title, "Stuckists: Elizabethan Avant-Garde", continued the Stuckist satirical tradition by mimicking the Tate's then-current show title, Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde. As well as paintings by over 30 Stuckists artists from the UK and abroad, Lucie-Smith took the opportunity to present his own homage to Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst. Emin is represented by neon signs purchased from Ebay for £20 each, one of which says, "Tracey's Room" and another shows sex positions. Hirst's trademark "spots" are as found on various commercially-marketed items, ranging from a Tesco toilet seat to a £3.50 Sainsbury table covering.

The presentation of these objects lies within the tradition of the Readymade, founded by Marcel Duchamp, who is presented in all histories of the Modern movement one of the most important 20th century avant-garde artists. The toilet seat, for instance, is a direct successor to Duchamp's most celebrated work, Fountain - a male urinal bought direct from commercial plumber's stock. All the items in the show were regularly available for purchase from major manufacturers, at extremely low prices. In no case were they attributed in any way by the manufacturers to any artists.

Ruth Dudley Edwards blogs on the Stuckist Turner Prize demo and forthcoming show for The Daily Telegraph (1.10.12).

Edward Lucie-Smith's neon and spot display in Stuckists: Elizabethan Avant-Garde in The Independent on Sunday (30.9.12)

Show in Mistni Kultura, Czech Republic (5.10.12)

"Billed as an alternative to the vomit-inducing Turner Prize', The Stuckists' assault on mainstream contemporary art continues with an exhibition poking fun of pretty much anyone who has ever appeared on the Culture Show down at the Bermondsey Project Space. As well as paintings from over 30 well-known Stuckists, Edward Lucie-Smith is taking the chance to pay homage to leading proponents of modern British art: Tracy Emin and Damien Hirst. Flattering it ain't. Controversial, offensive and always funny in the wryest sense possible, we can't wait for this one/"

"Any Turner Prize Crap badges? They are collectors items." Coxsoft (2.10.12)

"Prepare to be Shocked ... This exhibition pokes fun at the cult of celebrity in the art world." Giddylimits (7.10.12)

Pauline Murray (of band Penetration) visits the show: www.paulinemurrayofficial.com/2012/10/26/to-the-art-galleries-and-beyond/

Mary Hamill featured in the Gravesend Reporter (8.11.12)

A video of the show by Edgeworth Johnstone

Not Tracey Emin and Not Damien Hirst - installations at Stuckists:Elizabethan Avant-Garde
by Edward Lucie-Smith of cheap Chinese neons from Ebay, plus a spotted table cloth from
Sainsbury's and a spotted toilet seat from Tesco. Also Sir Nicholas Serota by Charles
Thomson, plus paintings by Jasmine Maddock's toy cats, Aurora and Persita.

A video of the show by The Bury Stuckists, who can't spell Elizabethan

Combining rebellion, aesthetics, spiritual perspective and imaginative concepts, the Stuckists constitute Britain’s contemporary modern art movement. This exhibition brings together over 250 works in different media, including painting, sculpture, photography, video and Turner Prize demonstration placards, revealing the Stuckists to be advanced in their approach to every genre. Led by Charles Thomson, Joe Machine, Ella Guru and Paul Harvey, the Stuckists rebel against the art establishment of the early twenty-first century, taking inspiration from early Modernist painting.

The exhibition establishes the Stuckists as a present day example of the avant-garde: painters who self-consciously overturn orthodoxy and establish a new benchmark for contemporary painting and communication. It will include many famous Stuckist works, and will also re-introduce some rarely seen masterpieces including Charles Thomson’s polemical Sir Nicholas Serota Makes an Acquisitions Decision 2001 and the 2006 sculpture created by Adrian Bannister of a grey businessman on an orange space hopper.

You’ll also see Mark D’s plain-speaking painting Damien Hirst – Money for Old Rope 2005 and Annie Zamero’s politcially* charged Tony Blair Turns Catholic: after Portrait of Innocent X by Diego Velazquez, 1650 2007, showing the former Prime Minister as the Pope.

The exhibition shows that the Stuckist environment is widely encompassing in its reach across the fine and conceptual arts, in response to a fast-changing irreligious and political backdrop, and in its relationship to women practitioners.

The Postmodern text above is a piece of conceptual art employing appropriation, a strategy which is, the Tate says, “used extensively by artists”. With grateful acknowledgement to the Tate’s text on their show, Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde.
See www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/pre-raphaelites-victorian-avant-garde

*As initially spelt on the Tate site. Archived 17.8.12 at www.webcitation.org/69ydZZ5tQ

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