Eva Schuster

Creative Language Learning and Visual Artist

Artist Statement

introduce a period of new spirituality into art, culture and society to replace postmodernism, which they said was cynical and spiritually bankrupt

Kevin Radley, who said there was a renewal of artists working without the limitation of irony and cynicism, and that there was a renewal of the sense of beauty.

In 2006, the Stedelijk Museum and the University of Amsterdam held a talk on remodernism with Daniel Birnbaum and Alison Gingeras; the introduction to this talked of the revival of painting as a possible return to traditional modernist values, such as authenticity, self-expression and autonomy, as opposed to multimedia practice. [4] In 2008, London Evening Standard critic, Ben Lewis, applied the term to three Turner Prize nominees and saw them amongst a movement which was reviving the formalism of the early 20th century; he advocated values of an aesthetic informed by modesty, generosity and genuine emotion.[5]

Charles Thomson and Billy Childish, the founders of the stuckism art movement, inaugurated the period of remodernism.[3] Their Remodernism manifesto was published on March 1, 2000 to promote vision, authenticity and self-expression, with an emphasis on painting, and subtitled “towards a new spirituality in art.” Its premise is that the potential of the modernist vision has not been fulfilled, that its development has been in the wrong direction and that this vision needs to be reclaimed, redefined and redeveloped. It advocates the search for truth, knowledge and meaning, and challenges formalism.

Photograph of Billy Childish by Charles Thomson.jpg Photograph of Charles Thomson.jpg
Billy Childish
Charles Thomson
In 1999, Childish and Thomson wrote a remodernism manifesto, calling for a period of new spirituality in art, culture and society to replace postmodernism.

It has a short introduction, summing up: “Modernism has progressively lost its way, until finally toppling into the bottomless pit of Postmodern balderdash.” This is followed by 14 numbered points, stressing bravery, individuality, inclusiveness, communication, humanity and the perennial against nihilism, scientific materialism and the “brainless destruction of convention.” Point 7 states:

The Observer newspaper announced a stuckist show: “As the founding group of a self-named art movement called Remodernism, they stand on an art ticket that’s against clever conceptualism and in favour of a more emotional and spiritual integrity in art via figurative painting.”[11]