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Dear Reader,

This time I'm going to look at the revolution in art and talk about Stuckism.

Stuckism is an international art movement started in Britain in 1999 by Billy Childish and Charles Thomson. It strongely opposes the abuses of modern art. The group's ideas sounded much like my own and I wanted to contact them.

I did. I suggested some of my own work protesting modern art abuses, and I got a couple of nice e-mails back from Thomson. He, for example commented that he enjoyed the Snake Oil Video (see below).

I think it is important to note that I've sent many similar responses to
mainstream art magazines and art groups and NONE of them responded.
It shows me that the Stuckists are more engaged and involved with others.

Thomson and his group have targeted the trendy art prize, the Turner Prize, awarded by the Tate Gallery. The group also opposes conceptual art, and favors
a more back to basics art.

That's something I like, as you can see here in this summary of my
art ideas:

1. I've used a youtube video to promote a conceptual art project to
bring down conceptual art! (the infamous Snake Oil Video).
2. I've also responded to one Turner Prize winner, Martin Creed, with
my own conceptual art work that literally "turns out the lights' on
conceptual art in a conceptual art work, "The End of Modern Art".
3. And finally to show the positive directions I suggest art should go, there is this short talk on Art as one of the "5 Doors to the Art Revolution".

Now back to Stuckism. It has grown to 202 groups in 48 countries.
The American group was the second group founded outside the UK.

I salute all Stuckists, I agree with your cause, and will support you
in bringing back quality to the visual arts! Art is fun and exciting
again and you have helped bring that about!

For more info on the group http://www.stuckism.com/

Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 17 year old zine Musea)

http://www.Musea.us (Musea, named as one of the best ZINES by UTNE magazine)
http://www.Hunkasaurus.com ( Music, 4 full CD's of free Post-Bands Music)
http://www.Musea.wordpress.com (Blog for Musea, Art Contests, Weekly E-mail Messages)

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Comment by Tom Hendricks on November 19, 2009 at 8:36pm
Agreed! Seems the movement spread very quickly too.
Comment by Bethany on November 19, 2009 at 8:00pm
I wrote a short article on Stuckism in one of my zines. Interesting group.


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