Modern Classics publishes 100 Artists' Manifestos: From the Futurists
to the Stuckists edited by Alex Danchev. This includes three Stuckist
to feature on ABC
Radio National Australia (22.5.11).
Presented by Fiona Croall. Includes interview with
Alex Danchev, who (just over halfway through the programme) mentions
the humour of The Other Muswell Hill Stuckists and says, "The
Stuckists are also in the vein of wit, in the vein of being against
Eagleton in The
Times Literary Supplement (23.3.11):
Alex Danchev’s book also reprints the manifesto
of the anti-Brit Art Stuckists, which contains the subversive suggestion
that “Artists who don’t paint aren’t artists”. Today, rejecting the
easel is as conventional as the iambic pentameter
Murray in the Irish
The best of the more recent manifestos are marked
by an artistic and poetic vision, although some, unfortunately, can
only be described as peevish utterances of suburban intellectuals.
A recent example, issued in 2009 by "the Other Muswell Hill Stuckists",
illustrates the redundancy of the form. Published on the centenary
of Marinetti’s manisfesto, the activists of Muswell Hill manage little
more than a tired denounciation of the Groucho Club, the Turner Prize
and Tracey Emin. At least their manifesto is short. Less witty, and
much too long, is the 2008 Manifesto Towards a New Humanism in Architecture...
Wullschlager in the Financial
Danchev argues that “Marinetti’s antics resonate
throughout the century”, but he kills his case by selecting Billy
Childish and Charles Thomson of the reactionary Stuckists – some of
the worst painters and silliest theorists who ever lived – to conclude
his anthology. The Stuckist mission against contemporary art is not
only vapid – it actually contradicts the very spirit of the manifesto,
which is forward-looking and rooted in a belief that art is nothing
if not conceptual.
Danchev in The
One hundred years to the day after the founding
manifesto of Futurism was splashed across the front page of Le Figaro,
The Founding Manifesto and Rules of The Other Muswell Hill Stuckists
was published online. As their moniker might suggest, The Other Muswell
Hill Stuckists have a sense of humour. They believe in painting, as
opposed to conceptual art. "Running is not art. Scrunching up a sheet
of paper into a ball is not art. Sticking blu-tack on the wall is
not art. People who think it is need to get out more." If Damien Hirst's
dead sheep is truly the Stuckist bête noire, Tracey Emin's unmade
bed runs it a close second. The Stuckists mobilised against the Young
British Artists ("YBA means you'll believe anything"), the Turner
Prize, and the Tate. As a body, or a cause, they may be irremediably
marginal, not to say parochial, yet from time to time they have been
surprisingly effective. Their very existence is a tonic. Wyndham Lewis
was once said to be a kind of British (or English) rearguard action
against the Futurist incursion - the arrière-garde against the avant-garde.
The Stuckists seem to show that there is space for an English arrière-garde
manifesto and paintings on Guardian
video (3.2.11) - end of slide show.
Radio 4 Start the Week (31.1.11). Listen here.
10.33 - 23.02 artists manifestos discussed.
16.12 - 21.26 Stuckists discussed. Excerpts:
Andrew Marr: … I can see Susan Hiller shaking
her head in absolute horror at the Stuckists ... It was pro-traditional
art, anti-conceptual art … And you probably it's fair to say, Susan
Hiller, have not been absolutely a total enthusiast for the Stuckists.
Susan Hiller: No. I think their manifesto is an absolutely
honest scream of pain and anger …
Marr: Before we leave them, I'm very nervously going to stick
up for some bits of the Stuckist manifesto here, because we were talking
about what went wrong perhaps in the art and cultured world of the
last 20 or 30 years, and they do say in this, "Britart, in being sponsored
by the Saatchis, mainstream conservatism and the Labour government,
makes a mockery of its claim to be subversive or avant-garde." There's
a little bit of a point there, isn't there?
Neville Brody: Well, there's not only that, but the last point
of the Stuckists also says that in design education and art education,
everyone should be allowed to go, regardless of their financial background.
So, yeh, I think I'm probably a Stuckist at heart.
Statesman (27.1.11). Alex Danchev writes:
The latter-day stuckists add a pinch of history and
a sense of humour - The Founding, Manifesto and Rules of the Other
Muswell Hill Stuckists was issued on 20 February 2009. Blast novelty.
Bless authenticity. Long live the cup of tea!
Observer (23.1.11), The New Review, p4. William Skidelsky selects
four highlights, including The Founding, Manifesto and Rules of
The Other Muswell Hill Stuckists.
on Sunday (16.1.11) mentions the "wearisome" Stuckists
and praises The Other Muswell Hill Stuckists manifesto definition
of YBA - "You'll Believe Anything"