A friend of mine sent me this yesterday. He had read a print version of my post Art for the 99% and immediately knew what I was saying had been said by others before me. And well. And in the year 1984!
Manifestos written to present the intersection of art and politics are not new; the list of them is long. I especially enjoy Claus Oldenberg’s
“I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical, that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum.
I am for an art that grows up not knowing it is art at all, an art given the chance of having a staring point of zero… “
Then there is the Stuckist Manifesto which ends, confusingly in this way:
Stuckism embraces all that it denounces. We only denounce that which stops at the starting point — Stuckism starts at the stopping point!
The Stuckists define themselves as being anti-anti-art or against anti-art and for art. Huh? Simpler to understand is what my friend sent me. Enjoy!