Whether I would support that Saatchi has recognized an new art movement or not, I can’t help but find irony in the guardian authors words that criticizes art that “never wants to defy the past, but to be faithful to it” all the while tearing down a collector who is trying to create a new and orginial idea of what an ism is. How can the author's article simultaneously promote the breaking of traditions all the while criticizing someone who is attempting to do so. Maybe the guardian author is right, and the exhibition isn’t much to look at, and the manifesto doesn't have the same reactionary/revolutionary zeal as that of furturism. It's funny though; this article reads a lot like the criticisms over the modern art that are linked to in the second article.Isn’t the word “slapdash”or “unthoughtful” thrown around with every modern art movement? I don’t know.
There's also a mention that Postmodernism was supposed to be the last big ism. I don't if this is his belief or the belief of the general art community, but that feels so stifling. As we move into using completley new digital mediums to create art, is there not potential for another moement with the “revolutionary, formal power” that the guardian author is looking for? scary to think that he would think we've hit a stopping point.
The 1913 armory show written about in the second article, I think, is closer to the “revolutionary, formally powered” show that the guardian article is looking for. My dad wrote an article about Julian Street a while a ago and he told the “shingle factory” story in the car on more than one occasion. He never mentioned the work it was in repos I've to so it was interesting (but not entirely unsurprising) to find out that it was Duchamp.
My favorite part of the second article, however, was the “scientific” description by a unnamed woman
“For these artists are endeavoring to give a pictorial representation of the physical reaction to sense stimuli, the cellular and nervous reactions which carry the messages of sense perception to the brain. They attempt to diagram the shiver which indicates to you that you are cold; the nerve shock and accelerated heart action which mean fear”. WHether this was the goal of the artists or not, I find that description compelling and wonder what it would be like to create work that is, as she puts it, a pictorial representation of the physical reaction to sense stimuli.