David Hockney, and Postism Art – lots of Agreement

Noted artist David Hockney, in an article on BBC asks, “Why art has become ‘less’


David Hockney thinks that over his lifetime art has become “less”. He blames the art establishment (museums, galleries, art schools) for becoming over-enamoured with conceptual art: “It gave up on images a bit” the artist laments.
By which he means that the artworld ignored figurative art: paintings, sculptures, videos and installations that aim to represent the known world: the sort of work Hockney makes: landscapes, portraits and still lifes.
Instead he feels, museums and galleries have jumped too willingly into the unmade bed of conceptual art where lights go on and off in a game of philosophical riddles. But Hockney says “the power is with images”, and in neglecting them the artworld has diminished the very thing it aimed to protect: art.

For many years, I’ve been saying the same thing whether it’s in my video, Snake Oil, that challenges all conceptual art through conceptual art …

Snake Oil Video

Or through my revolution in the arts:

The 20th century was the century of the ‘isms’ in art. But starting up another ‘ism’ now, or looking for a new ism now, is no more modern than painting like an impressionist, or pointillist, or surrealist 100 years after that ism.

The real development in art is not a new ism but the end of all isms. That’s one of the main aspects of post-ism, or postism art ideas. See the links above for more, or the categories on art on my blog.

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Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 23 year old zine Musea)


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