Technical mastery is plastic surgery. Artists are cavemen. Mastery is a hobby. Caveman isn’t a hobby. If conceptual artists were painters, they would be hyper-realists. The art colleges are the old-school traditionalists. Traditional old painting academys. The Turner Prize panel are the Salon. He doesn’t realise it, but Sir Nicholas Serota wants to be a Stuckist.
Art history is made by underdog loser Stuckists, like the millionaire Picasso, because they’re introverted. The establishment say what’s in and out. They look at the world strategically from their own interest, which is irrelevant to future man. The human condition is the introvert artists pension. 10 seconds looking at a Picasso will tell you the same thing. How divorced contemporary art is from the freedom of early modernism. Conceptual art is suspended in theory. Art is made from, not of concepts. The Other Muswell Hill Stuckists are not making contemporary art. We’re in late Picasso, Dada and Expressionism. aka the future.
Stuckism has been since 1999. The figures they oppose are still in charge. Stuckism has pulled a genius move, by winning a different battle. The only one worth winning. The same Van Gogh, the Impressionists, the Dadaists and the Degenerates unwittingly won. The future only takes what’s relevant to themselves. The contemporary landscape won’t be. The human condition will.
Edgeworth Johnstone of The Other Muswell Hill Stuckists