STUCKISTS ARE THE CRITICS
A press release from news agency Reuters says the Turner Prize is 'Condemned by critics as "an ongoing national joke."' That quote is actually from the
Stuckists Turner Prize Manifesto.
We are not implying that Rachel is a virgin, although for all
we know she might well be, but she has been a regular exhibitor
at Stuckist shows.
memorable was her 'Turnerprize Hotel' showing a gaudy pink and
yellow Tate promoting '100 dirty beds/non-stop bland videos/dreary
laundromat' which was first show in 'The Resignation of Sir Nicholas
Serota' at Gallery 108.
was recently reproduced in Virgin Trains magazine 'Hotline@ as
part of a feature on the Turner Prize.
are printed against the Prize ('what Turner did was paint pictures...').
Inevitably Charles Thomson's painting of Sir Nicholas with a large
pair of red knickers is also reproduced. (Has he actually done
any other work apart from this, we ask ourselves?)
STUCKISTS COME UNSTUCK
The Westminster Stuckists have renamed themselves The Unstuckists.
Miss Stella Vine, founder of this phenomenon and last seen by
the Trafalgar Square resin plinth holding a placard ("I won't
be doing that again"), apparently has plans. Watch this space.
Or go to www.theunstuckists.com
LONDON RADIO 1-3AM MON 25 JUNE
Charles Thomson has been invited to sit in with Tessa Dunlop on
her LBC radio show in the early hours. Listeners will therefore
be treated to that rare combination of brains and beauty (and
Charles Thomson as well). You can also phone in yourself. Tune
to 1152 AM (or medium wave as it used to be known).
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SIR NICHOLAS SEROTA BLASTS STUCKISTS
An angry Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of the Tate
Gallery, rounded on Stuckist co-founder, Charles
Thomson, in Trafalgar Square today.
A few minutes earlier Rachel Whiteread's 'sculpture'
of a resin cast of a plinth placed upside-down on a
plinth had been unveiled by Culture Secretary, Chris
As Smith left the low podium, Thomson clambered over
the crowd barrier onto it and addressed the crowd
through the p.a. His statement addressed Smith's
statement two years ago that there should be more
painting in the Turner Prize (this year there is none
Thomson's large placard read: "Mr Smith, do you really
think this stupid plinth is art?"
Simultaneously, more banners were held up by half a
dozen members of Students for Stuckism (led by S.P.
Howarth) and other groups. One read, "New Labour, Old
Saatchi". Another showed Thomson's painting of Sir
Nicholas with a pair of red knickers.
A livid Serota approached Thomson afterwards and
labelled his action as "cheap" for making use of the
work of another artist. "It's Dada," was the reply.
Serota, seemingly on the point of meltdown, suggested
Thomson thought he could do whatever he wanted
whenever he wanted.
Thomson said this was not the case, but that Serota
and a small number of other people controlled the art
world, and that the Stuckists were forced to resort to
such tactics in order to get their point of view heard
- at which Serota walked off.
The Stuckists understand that Sir Nicholas Serota is a
strong advocate of artists being 'challenging' and
wonder where we have gone wrong. The wrong sort of
WINS BIG PUBLIC ART COMMISSION
Everall got comissioned to do a large outdoor 3D thingy in Leyton
entitled 'Millenium Temple'.
It is the
height of a double-decker bus and weighs over 5 tons. It consists
of three stone Grecian pillars supporting a large white plastic
ball with a light inside it.
states that it represents "the advent of a hopeful future firmly
supported on the solid but careworn foundations of the past."
[What? - Ed]
was awarded in open competition by London Borough of Waltham Forest.
If you look carefully, you can see it plonked at the junction
of Lea Bridge Road and Hoe Street, London E10, England.
laments that he has "hardly made anything at all out of it". We
will be on show in the Rivington Gallery Annexe, 3 Ravey Street,
EC2 from 31 May.
tells us that he welcomes more dosh - sorry, enquiries - for indoor
or outdoor commissions, the more expensive - that is, bigger -
Eamon's paintings can be seen here.
stick to bucking art establishment" Stuckist book launch
in the Detroit News. (and Mr Sewell's comments).
MISS THIS PROGRAMME!
ARTVERTISING - CHANNEL 4 TV
am (note: AM) Friday 4 May
A sharp look
at the British art scene.
Features the Stuckists and 'Art or Arse'
TAKE ON SMITH ON POLLING DAY
That was the
headline in the Evening Standard Londoner's Diary today. It announced
that Stuckist co-founder Charles Thomson was to stand in the next
General Election against Culture Secretary Chris Smith.
(although this is nothing new for readers of this site - or Jackdaw
magazine) that there are "people on Arts Council panels awarding
taxpayers money to galleries which display works of art by people
on the panels".
He also challenges
the Culture Secretary to a debate on such issues, which the government's
failure to address is condemned as "another example of Labour
help (or donations) for the campaign in the South Islington and
Finsbury constituency - email email@example.com
who recently took the bit and founded the Folkestone Stuckists
has now issued a statement claiming to be "the most stuck... of
all Stuckist, being stuck out in the sticks" (does he know there
is a group in Mid-Kentucky?).
As he is
probably the only painter in Folkestone, he has broadened his
franchise to "sculptors, writers, poets, performers and musicians"
(not that there's many of them in Folkestone either).
a guest artist at the STUCK show Folkestone's Metropole Arts Centre
last May. Contact him: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE BIG ISSUE:
STUCKISTS V LOUISA BUCK (WHO'S SHE AGAIN?)
The 5 February
issue of The Big Issue (the magazine sold by the homeless, just
in case anybody didn't know)kindly features a whole page on the
a bold colour print of Ella Guru's 'Divine' which is rapidly becoming
a Stuckist icon and is actually called 'The Long Island Iced Tea
Party II' (the wrong title appearing in our book and not the fault
of Big Issue, we hasten to add).
by Helen Sumpter is accurate, insightful, comprehensive and well
worth getting. Order a back issue for a mere £1.50 from: http://www.bigissue.com/london/back.htm
Ah yes, that
Louisa Buck makes an appearance as the mandatory other side of
the argument. Here's what she has to say (our comments in square
brackets): "The Tate isn't a seething mass of work by Hirst, Emin
and Lucas [never said it was, although on a recent visit there
were three Emin videos playing and not one work by, for example,
Peter Blake on view]...
"I saw the
last Stuckists exhibition and some of the work was just plain
cack [so what exactly was the rest of it then? Some other kind
of cack? Or maybe the rest of it was good? Who knows? Who's was
the plain cack? Have some guts Louisa and name names: we promise
to publish your analysis in full, so you can go down in art history
as the person that called cack cack].
be a lot of boring conceptual work [ah, we agree on something
at least] but to have a grumpy [vivacious] reactionary [forward-thinking]
movement against it is just daft." [Yes, of course it is - much
better to stay bored, keep in with the in crowd and pocket the
cash. (We hasten to add these comments are generalised observations
and in no way allude to the person of Louisa Buck, who, as far
as we know does not at all subscribe to such behaviour or attitudes)].
So what exactly
can we find out about the character of the elusive Louisa and
her take on the profundity of non-cack?Ý "Never...", according
to an article by her in ES (Evening Standard) magazine last year,
has the following quotation from US Museum Director Thomas Hoving
"seemed more apt". Here then is what art is all about: "Art is
sexy! Art is money-sexy! Art is money-sexy-social-climbing-fantastic!"
20TH CENTURY ART MOVEMENT - OFFICIAL! ALSO BIT ABOUT LOUISA BUCK
Art Today site lists some sixty 20th Century art movements, amongst
which you will doubtless be relieved (and also impressed by Wildbrush's
astuteness) that Stuckism takes its place, (albeit with some glaring
typos in evidence).Ý All the more odd then that Louisa Buck's
recently revised book 'Moving Targets: a User's Guide to British
Art now' fails to even mention the existence of Stuckism.Ý Come
on Louisa (wait for it - dreadful pun imminent) buck up. So click
and don't buy Louisa Buck's book (although it does mention Childish,
so flick through it in the shop).
FOR LONDON DINNER PARTIES
ES, the Evening
Standard magazine, has featured the new Stuckist book on the page
'Something for the weekend' (a phrase traditionally followed by
'Sir?' as a barbers' code to enquire if a gentleman require a
restock of condoms).
We are 'Something
Pants' due to the inclusion of Charles Thomson's ubiquitous picture
of Sir Nicholas Serota, Tate Gallery director with a pair of red
knickers, which may or may not be a genuine Tracey Emin artwork.
write-up begins, "Brush up your dinner-party conversation by dipping
into The Stuckists... " So that's what that lady in the £3000
Prada dress was doing at our show last November.
If you want
to know what to say at the dinner party, the bon mot is "Stuckism
is the backlash against the current Brit Art elite".Ý You can
follow it up with the origin of the name "Stuckism" which I'm
really not going to go into again here.
If you want
to be particularly radical, I suggest (and this wasn't in ES):
"Well of course it's been obvious for some time that Brit Art
has had its day."
ATTITUDE, TWO RANKIN NUDE HUNKS
get a half page in March issue of gay mag 'Attitude' next to two
Rankin photos of nude hunks.Ý The ubiquitous Sir Nicholas Serota
pops up again with his red knickers. Maybe the Tate Director is
on his way to new status as a gay icon.
IN CREATIVE REVIEW
Review, slick magazine for designers and graphic artists, reviews
The Stuckists book on page 88 (not page 92 as has been alleged)
of the March issue. We are suitably honoured. They say, "There's
a lot that's interesting here, including their comment that 'the
Turner Prize effectively turns the Tate Gallery into a state-funded
ad agency for Charles Saatchi, the Lisson Gallery and the White
Cube Gallery' ...it's certainly provocative enough to get you
STUCKISTS NEW VINYL SINGLE
group by the name of 'Billy Childish and
The Stuckists' (who bear an uncanny resemblance to The Buff Medways)
are releasing a 7" vinyl version of the limited edition CD
single already available.
note the song 'Anachronism in the UK' is a different recording,
and The Turner Priz Manifesto is read by Childish himself, as
opposed to Charles Thomson on the CD. The single is released by
Damaged Goods on 19 March.
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