Stuckism returns to Liverpool with “Art Sale of the Biennial”
It’s the biggest art movement in the world – with Tracey Emin as an unwilling inspiration for its name – and this week Stuckism is back in Liverpool with a major exhibition.
The controversial Stuckists return for their fifth Liverpool Biennial, six years after their last visit to Liverpool.
Stuckism was founded in 1999 to promote figurative painting as opposed to the sharks in formaldehyde of conceptual art, and from 13 artists now boasts around 2,500 artists in 240 groups in 50 countries and six continents.
Stuckism co-founder, Charles Thomson, described Liverpool as one of the four centres in the world for Stuckist art – and the only one which is not a capital city – along with London, Prague and Moscow.
He said, “In some ways it is more important and confident than London which has a much more conformist approach. Liverpool is like a breath of fresh air; it has got more freedom and it does what it wants.”
The new exhibition opens Friday with a private showing Thursday night. It is titled "The Stuckists Art Show and Summer Sale".
Included are works by leading members of the group such as Charles Thomson, Joe Machine, Ella Guru, Paul Harvey and Jasmine Surreal from the UK; Jiri Hauschka and Jaroslav Valecka from the Czech Republic; Terry Marks and Richard Bledsoe from the USA; Alexey Stepanov from Russia; and Lupo Sol from Spain.
Three artists are from the Liverpool area, Andrew Galbraith (Waterloo), Janice Johnson (Rainhill) and Jasmine Surreal.
In addition to the main show, there will also be a special Summer Sale section of art works with a price of under £100, some normally on sale for ten times that amount in what Thomson describes as the “sale of the Biennial”.
He said, "Artists are incredibly generous in joining in the spirit of this to give everyone a chance to own a bit of Stuckism. This offer is only available to show visitors and only while the exhibition is on. I will be one of the first customers!"
Thomson explained: "Stuckists are modern artists who paint pictures in a great variety of different styles and different subjects. They are united – like the Surrealists – not by a style, but by a philosophy. The Stuckists' attitude is to be true to life, emotion and experience, and to express this in a direct and meaningful way to communicate to an audience."
Gallery owner Professor Ken Martin said: “They are paintings with directness and conviction, strong, clear and colourful. Sometimes not for the fainthearted, but saved by candour and some satirical works which lift the mood of the Stuckist group shows as a whole.”
The name Stuckism was coined by Thomson, after the group co-founder Billy Childish (who left in 2001) related a tale of his ex-girlfriend Tracey Emin accusing him of being "Stuck! Stuck! Stuck!" with his painting, while she was a conceptual artist, exhibiting a tent with the names of people she had slept with.
In an interview later, Emin famously said of Stuckism: "I don't like it at all. I don't really want to talk about it. I don't find it funny, I find it a bit sick".
In 2001, the art critic Brian Sewell described Stuckism as “silly” saying it wouldn’t last long.
The Stuckists have courted considerable media attention for their annual demonstrations against the Turner Prize, sometimes dressed as clowns. They also instigated a media scandal in 2005 about the Tate’s purchase of its own trustees’ work, leading to a censure of the gallery by the Charity Commission.
"The Stuckists Art Show and Summer Sale" of art under £100 opens Friday, July 8 and continues each Friday and Saturday noon till 5pm until August 20, and at other times by appointment. There is a private showing Thursday, July 7. See website for more details:
STUCKISM: Remodernising the Mainstream
1 October – 11 December, Private View: October 1, 17:30 – 20:00
Monday – Friday 11:00 – 17:00
Admission Always Free
Studio 3 Gallery is pleased to announce Stuckism: Remodernising the Mainstream. Featuring over 70 paintings by 42 Stuckist artists, this exhibition will be the first in Kent since the movement’s formation in Medway in 1999. On view from October 1 through to December 11, 2015, the show demonstrates the now-global reach of the movement and will include works by co-founder Charles Thomson, Ella Guru, Joe Machine, Jaroslav Valecka and Black Francis (frontman of The Pixies). The exhibition locates the Stuckist art movement in both historical and academic contexts in order to track their development and their relationship to the ‘mainstream’ art world. The exhibition has been co-curated by the Studio 3 Gallery MA Curating group in collaboration with Charles Thomson.
“Your paintings are stuck! You are stuck! Stuck! Stuck! Stuck!”
Named after an insult hurled by Tracey Emin to her then-boyfriend Billy Childish, Stuckism was founded by Charles Thomson and Billy Childish in 1999 with the aim to revive contemporary figurative painting. Initially garnering attention for bombastic demonstrations and protests outside major UK art institutions, since 1999 Stuckism has evolved into a truly international movement. Stuckist groups now operate from Buenos Aires to Beijing; however, there are still deep ties to the Medway areas from which many of the founding Stuckists originated. Fifteen years later, the Stuckists have hung up the clown costumes from their youth and put the protest signs away, returning to Kent as a mature and scholarly painting movement.
According to Dr Grant Pooke, ‘Stuckism: Remodernising the Mainstream is an expansive and imaginatively conceived exhibition which showcases the presence, talent and ambition of a new generation of curators and gallerists.’
Artists include: Philip Absolon, Floyd Anthony Alsbach, Virginia Andow, Richard Bledsoe, Godfrey Blow, John Bourne, Nick Christos, Jonathon Coudrille, Adam Crosland, Mark D, Elsa Dax, Hamed Dehnavi, Artista Eli, Eamon Everall, Black Francis, Andrew Galbraith, Ella Guru, Paul Harvey, Jiri Hauschka, Wolf Howard, Edgeworth Johnstone, Jacqueline Jones, Jane Kelly, Shelley Li, Joe Machine, Terry Marks, Peter Murphy, Bill Lewis, Persita, Justin Piperger, Emma Pugmire, Farsam Sangini, Frank Schroeder, Jasmine Surreal, Charles Thomson, Marketa Urbanova, Jaroslav Valecka, Charles Williams, Odysseus Yakoumakis, Chris Yates, Annie Zamero.
Ten game changing manifestos on Royal Academy
Stuckist non demo at Turner Prize
BBC News (7th image)
Guardian in pictures (9th image)
No Stuckists demo
The Guardian news (29.9.14)
Channel 4 News (29.9.14)
Daily Mail (29.9.14)
Coxsoft art news (28.9.14)
Jiri Hauschka, Paul Harvey, Edgeworth Johnstone, Markéta Korečková, Ján Macko, Charles Thomson, Markéta Urbanová and Jaroslav Valečka
Curator: Kateřina Tučková
Vltavín gallery, Masarykovo nábřeží 36, Prague , Czech republic
private view: Tues 27 May 6 pm
The show runs till 31July
Opening hours daily except Monday 10 am - 6 pm
A book will be available of paintings by the artists with an introduction by Kateřina Tučková who will open the show.
A book aviable here:
Edward Lucie-Smith's opening talk for the show here
A video from the show see here:
A book will be available of paintings by the artists with an introduction by Edward Lucie-Smith,
who will open the show.
Stuckist artists visit the Turner Prize
and award the Prize for Patronising Twat.
Warning: not safe for curators
Charles Thomson, co-founder of the Stuckists talks about Stuckism in books.
He talks about Stuck in the Emotional Landscape by Jaroslav Valecka and Jiri Hauschka.
STUCKISTS: ELIZABETHAN AVANT-GARDEStaged 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 www.bermondseyproject.co.uk Tel: 020 7036 2416
Private view: Thursday 4 October 2012, 6.30-9pm.
International Group Show
The First Stuckist Tarot Exhibition
Curated by Elsa Dax and Ella Guru
21-28 September 2012
Mon – Weds 10am – 11pm, Thurs 10am – 10pm, Fri 10am – 7.00pm, Sat 10am – 5.30pm, Sun 11am – 5.30pm
Islington Arts Factory, 2 Parkhurst Road, Holloway, London N7 0SF
Holloway Road tube station
Tel 020 7607 0561 Email gallery: firstname.lastname@example.org Gallery site: http://www.islingtonartsfactory.org/
Paintings by Ella Guru, Jasmine Maddock, Peter Murphy, Markéta Urbanová, Joe Machine, Jonathon Coudrille, Odysseus Yakoumakis, Eamon Everall, Annie Zamero, Artista Eli, Elsa Dax, Philip Absolon, Charles Thomson, Terry Marks, Alexis Hunter, Lapsking Hamed Dehnavi, Andrew Galbraith, Jaroslav Valečka, Virginia Andow, Farsam Sangini, Bill Lewis, Paul Harvey, Chris Yates, Jane Kelly, Jacqueline Jones, and Nick Christos.
Private view with live music by Balabustah: Friday 21 September 2012, 7-9pm.
Email artists: email@example.com for invite.