CAMPAIGN FOR REAL ART
Sick of the concepts demonstrated in child-like ways, showing no evidence of artistic skills or talent, which flood our public galleries?
Angry about the volume of GOOD art by skilled artists kept hidden in gallery basements?
Sick of the art establishment's endorsement of creations that are merely concepts devoid of the characteristics which would make them visual works of art?
I am. As a fine art dealer for 40 years I have had enough. Something must be done to turn the tide. Britain's artistic heritage is so often portrayed by 'art works' such as a supermarket till receipt, a piece of tree trunk accidentally embedded in a fence, an unmade bed or Teesside's recent insignificant Kapoor scribble on its industrial landscape.
Join my Campaign for Real Art!
Simplistically, this involves: going to artuk.org to discover which public galleries hold works (owned by us,
B ritish citizens) by the artist/s in whom you are interested;
contacting the relevant public gallery a week or so before visiting and arrange to see the paintings you want to view (6 weeks in the case of Tate Britain).
If this movement grows, galleries will have to take notice of what the public actually want to see rather than pandering to the Emperor's New Clothes syndrome exhibited by most art critics.
What constitutes Real Art is obviously up to each individual to decide. For me, there are several vital elements involved: skill, individual expression, emotional flow, aesthetic appeal and the ability to communicate directly with the viewer without recourse to verbal explanation. These elements can be applied to abstract work as well as figurative.
Join in REAL ART WEEK during the week of the Turner Prize award, usually the first week in December. Make sure that you arrange to see works by an artist you admire which are normally hidden in the basement of a public gallery. On a personal level it alwys distresses me greatly - when the Prize is awarded and the entries shown at Tate Britain - that a wonderful Arthur Friedenson 1907 RA Exhibit, Runswick Bay, was bought for the Nation by the Chantrey Bequest, and now is stored, unseen, in the basement. To know that so much rubbish is displayed above it, lauded by critics, who should know better but are too afraid to show an appreciation of REAL art is something I find difficult to bear. You can see a rather dark image of the picture (it looks as if it needs cleaning) if you search his name at artuk.org
In the meantime, please remember that if you intend to visit a Public Gallery at any time, check with the artuk.org and ring the relevant gallery - as far in advance as possible, asking to see a selection of Real Art that, almost certainly, won't be on show.
If galleries have to spend the week finding good art in their basements because of a concerted effort by the concerned public, then they might begin to realise that most people want to see good art and they had better start exhibiting it! This message will be driven homeeven more clearly if they have to do the same throughout the year.
We might, between us, show all the Emperor's New Clothes syndrome sufferers, especially critics and curators, how wrong they are!
©Rosamund Jordan 2016