❚ YOU READ IT HERE FIRST. As the V&A’s exhibition on Postmodernism lays bare the cultural malaise of recent decades, a bright new dawn is announced “with emphatic optimism (and a pragmatic romanticism)” by the publication of “The Metamodernist manifesto”…
- We recognise oscillation to be the natural order of the world.
- We must liberate ourselves from the inertia resulting from a century of modernist ideological naivety and the cynical insincerity of its antonymous bastard child.
- Movement shall henceforth be enabled by way of an oscillation between positions, with diametrically opposed ideas operating like the pulsating polarities of some colossal electric machine, propelling the world into action…
➢ Luke Turner’s Annunciations 2011 reviewed by Siobhan Wall — “Each photograph in Annunciations is named after a famous Renaissance painting, and it’s apparent that these largely abstract images are a carefully considered distillation of what lies beyond the figurative and literal in the well-known masterpieces…”
➢ Notes on metamodernism is the webzine that documents current developments in politics and aesthetics that can no longer be explained in terms of the postmodern, proposing instead “a sensibility that oscillates between modern positions and postmodern strategies; between construction and deconstruction (indeed, reconstruction); a desire for sens and a doubt about the sense of it all; between sincerity and irony; hope and melancholy”.
➢ The new New Romanticism — “the act of presenting the commonplace with significance, the ordinary with the mysterious, etc, and this undertaking’s inevitable and necessary failure… But why now? … To express a dissatisfaction about a present that is increasingly uninhabitable, and a desire for a future whose blueprint has yet to be drawn”.
➢ Peter Doig and the “Death of Painting” — “His work explores a tension between the designs of humanity and the wild, natural world it has to reckon with… He seems to paint about painting, each canvas becomes an allegory of the strangely beautiful problems, inadequacies and imperfections of creative vision.”
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