Published in The Other Muswell Hill Stuckist newspaper, December 2012.
MEDIA REACTION TO THE FOUNDING MANIFESTO AND RULES OF THE OTHER MUSWELL HILL STUCKISTS
The New Statesman: “…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!” – 27 January 2011.
Carluke Gazette:”…the wearisome Stuckists… I could understand having one of their pronouncements (the Founding, Manifesto And Rules Of The Other Muswell Hill Stuckists is the wittiest, denouncing “YBA” as “You’ll Believe Anything” and features the most succinct definition of their position; “to be unconventional is to conform”…but all three?” – 12 January 2011. –
Peter Murray, in The Irish Examiner: “…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…” – 26 February 2011.
(The Other Muswell Hill Stuckists maintain that they never denounced The Groucho Club.)
Alex Danchev in The Independent: “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 after all.” 11 February 2011.
The Observer – The New Review: William Skidelsky selects four, including The Founding, Manifesto and Rules of The Other Muswell Hill Stuckists. – 23 May 2011.
A MANIFESTO TO END 100 YEARS OF MANIFESTOS
On the 20th February 2009, 100 years to the day after the first, and main manifesto of The Futurists, The Other Muswell Hill Stuckists released “The Founding, Manifesto and Rules of The Other Muswell Hill Stuckists” in opposition. Professor Alex Danchev collated 100 art manifestos covering this 100 year period, opening with the Futurists and closing with The Other Muswell Hill Stuckists. These manifestos, together with his own writings comprised his book, 100 Artists Manifestos: From the Futurists to the Stuckists (published in 2011 by Penguin – Modern Classics), which also included the Stuckists first, and Remodernism manifesto. As of this writing in December 2012, Danchev’s book is in its forth printing.
Speaking of The Other Muswell Hill Stuckists on ABC Radio National, in Australia On 25 May 2011, Danchev said “The Stuckists are also in the vein of wit, in the vein of being against something.”