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Friday 20th November 2015The Newest Art Movement You've Never Heard Of

Art movements are a difficult thing to pin down. When they're new and exciting, almost nobody has ever heard of them, but that's also when they tend to be the most disruptive. That's disruptive in the sense of 'challenging the status quo' rather than something negative, in the sense that a disruptive technology succeeds by solving a problem more effectively than the existing methods do. So it's always an interesting thing to see an art movement taking shape, to watch it's progress from nascent idea to full-fledged movement - for, as is more often the case, they tend to wind up slinking back to the art school dorm room never to see the light of day again.

This latest emerging movement is known as Excessivism, and it is truly a millennial movement in all senses of the word. Formally the brainchild of contemporary American artist Kaloust Guedel, it styles itself a commentary on the rampant excesses of commercialism and materialism that permeates American culture, which is admittedly not exactly a new idea. It has a manifesto, as any good art movement would, as well as a slew of artists who are already working in the style.

Easily the most recognizable name on the list is Ai Weiwei, it's not immediately apparent if he has agreed to be part of this movement or if he's even aware of its existence. It would certainly be a great help to the aesthetic credibility of the movement, but at the same time it's somehow a bit damaging to include an established artist in a new movement they didn't found.

The manifesto starts out in a typically dense fashion: "Excessive use of resources in magnified state, by which one expresses: by means of two, or three dimensional visual-creations, written, or pronounce words, or in any other manner. As a reflection, examination, or investigation of the capitalist system, exempt of aesthetical, legal, commercial, ethical, or moral considerations."

Whether or not it's intended ironically or not, the density of the language is excessive in and of itself. The pieces, however, vary widely in terms of their general aesthetic appeal. Some are quite beautiful in their own way, and some are merely messy to the point of repulsiveness. To read the full manifesto and see the full list of artists who are working in the style, be sure to check out the website at excessivism.com. 

Posted on November 20th 2015 on 03:50am
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Saturday 16th July 2011The Art Dossier: Contemporary Art News, Worldwide

I would like to take the time to tell you about a fantastic art news service operating in New York City. 
 
I'd like to introduce you to The Art Dossier.  The Art Dossier is a premier online source of contemporary art news, and a free newsletter that goes out to an ever increasing database of international readers.
 
For anyone interested in contemporary art, exhibition news, curatorial projects, collector information and breaking art market news, The Art Dossier is a great resource to be subscribed to. 
 
Aside from general contemporary art news, The Art Dossier is also responsible for sending out information of invite-only events, meaning that, if you sign up for the free newsletter, you are able to access lots of fantastic events and opportunities courtesy of The Art Dossier.
 
Another aspect of what The Art Dossier does, is offer a rotating selection of limited editions, and original works of art for sale. They work closely with various artists and designers across the world, offering them a unique, 'solo-exhibition' style appearance on The Art Dossier website. 
 
Currently you can see artist Steven Rojas on The Art Dossier's Market. As the summer star of The Market, Rojas is a native New Yorker who has developed a keen interest in digital art. The work that is for sale is a limited edition of screen prints in the form of a QR code, which not only looks great, but also acts as a means to encourage interaction between the viewer and the work.  If you have a smart phone that allows QR scanning, you can scan the works, and be led to one of a three-piece invitation to Internet Week. 
 
If you want to be kept up to date with all of the news and happenings on the contemporary art scene, then sign up to The Art Dossier newsletter, or drop by their website to find out more, and view the work that they have been doing so far. 
 
 

Posted on July 16th 2011 on 01:45pm
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