4/5/2012 - 7/19/2012
The legendary isms were not just about a new mood or a new generation. They were about the transformation of the world. They took their cue from Socialism, Marxism, Anarchism, Freudianism, using the same scientific language with the same rhetorical intent. Isms sounded brutal, modern, and revolutionary. In art, they came to refer to ways of painting that shattered reality as it had been known. Isms are ideologies. After a religious prehistory, they came to be widely used in the age of the French Revolution to denote political and social theories: Jacobinism, Utilitarianism, and Socialism. This was a potent and contagious language. The English suffix -ism is mirrored by the German -isthmus and the French -time. To call an art movement an ism is to imply that instead of depicting the world in a commonsense way, the artists make an argument, propose a theory.
Modern art movements speak a language of revolution. Surrealism was an attack on the authority of the real. If we forget the isms, we forget what it was like to be excited or shocked by modern art, what it meant when Picasso unveiled Les Demoiselles d'Avignon in 1907. The Demoiselles looked like nothing anyone had ever seen before -the shock troops of a cultural revolution.” Neurotic Realism is at the Saatchi Gallery, in London. This exhibition is to create a collective body of work designed to be the “shock troops” in our system of care to make an argument, Using your personal experiences to create artwork and challenge the Mental Health & Substance Abuse system, the treatment of persons served, your experience relating to your family & Friends their reaction or effected relations etc.
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