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This page includes most of the Stuckism press coverage from 2001, along with some commentary. Archives: 1999 and 2000. All press up through Feb 2001 listed in downloadable form can be found here.


Reuters - Stuckists are the critics (news: 4.10.01)

Rachel Jordan's Virgin debut (news: 20.9.01)

Westminster Stuckists Come Unstuck (News: 10.7.01)

ADVANCE NOTICE: London LBC Radio 1-3am Mon 25 June (news: 18.6.01)

Sale of art materials (news: 18.6.01)

Sir Nicholas Serota angry with Stuckists (4 June 2001)

Stuckist wins big public art commission (18 May 2001)

Stuckists stick to bucking art establishment (9 May 2001)

Stuck on tv (news: 12.4.01)

Stuckist in Parliament - Evening Standard (news: 12.4.01)

Folkestone hits out (news: 10.3.01)

The Big Issue: Stuckists v Louisa Buck (who's she again?) (News:9.3.01)

Stuckism 20th Century Art Movement - official! /
Louisa Buck (who's she?)
(3 March 2001)

Stuckism for dinner parties - ES, Evening Standard (2 March 2001)

Stuckists, Attitude, two Rankin nude hunks (1 March 2001)

Stuckist book reviewed in Creative Review (1 March 2001)

Billy Childish & The Stuckists vinyl single (1 March 2001)



04 October 2001

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.

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25 September 2001

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.

Particularly 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.

The painting was recently reproduced in Virgin Trains magazine 'Hotline@ as part of a feature on the Turner Prize.

Stuckist views 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?)

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10 July 2001

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

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18 June 2001

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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18 June 2001

30 June 2001, 8am - 4pm: Bird & Davis, 45 Holmes Rd, NW5 (Kentish Town tube, 5 mins walk - out tube, turn left, Holmes Rd on right by MacDonalds). One day only. Mail order: 020 7485 3797

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04 June 2001


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 Smith.

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 at all).

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 challenge perhaps?

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18 May 2001


Eamon 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.

The artist states that it represents "the advent of a hopeful future firmly supported on the solid but careworn foundations of the past." [What? - Ed]

The project 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.

The artist laments that he has "hardly made anything at all out of it". We believe him?

The maquette will be on show in the Rivington Gallery Annexe, 3 Ravey Street, EC2 from 31 May.

Mr Everall tells us that he welcomes more dosh - sorry, enquiries - for indoor or outdoor commissions, the more expensive - that is, bigger - the better!

Eamon's paintings can be seen here.

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9 May 2001

"Stuckists stick to bucking art establishment" Stuckist book launch in the Detroit News. (and Mr Sewell's comments).

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4 May 2001


3.55-4.25 am (note: AM) Friday 4 May
A sharp look at the British art scene.
Features the Stuckists and 'Art or Arse'

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12 April 2001


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.

Thomson alleges (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 sleeze".

Offers of help (or donations) for the campaign in the South Islington and Finsbury constituency - email stuckism@yahoo.co.uk

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10 March 2001


John Hosking 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).

John was a guest artist at the STUCK show Folkestone's Metropole Arts Centre last May. Contact him: art@jh2000.freeserve.co.uk

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09 March 2001


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 Stuckists.

It includes 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).

The article 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].

"There may 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!"

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03 March 2001


Wildbrush's 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 on Wildbrush and don't buy Louisa Buck's book (although it does mention Childish, so flick through it in the shop).

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02 March 2001


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.

Anyway, the 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."

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01 March 2001


The Stuckists 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.

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01 March 2001


Creative 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 talking."

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01 March 2001


A mysterious 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.

Purists should 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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Please note: the 1999 articles have now been archived and can be found here and 2001 is now the main news page






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