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'The New Lost Generation' @ Mondo Bizzarro Gallery, Rome - 16-04-11 - 18-05-11, group show
If contemporary art is to be characterised by something, it could be characterised by its detachment from the sidereal cultural debate within the society in which it operates. Here we are not talking about its latest raillery 'I know what to do too' which so much ignorance has gifted to the world, instead it is the widespread and real incapacity of the art system to measure itself against its own epoch.
Mondo Bizzarro Galleryhas over time undertaken a voyage through the hyper-contemporary art world, exploring culture, initiating debate, and bring with it crowned champions and outsiders alike. It has thrown a stone into the pond of modernity, sending ripples of 'the underground' across its surface. The gallery has returned from its voyage of exploration bringing with it a bounty of enticing proposals from unprecedented artists, who approach the canvas without fear of being ridiculed, or being thrown to the post-conceptual sharks.
'The New Lost Generation'does not shout, instead it whispers about the delicacy, fascination and wider art history. If the first 'Lost Generation' was comprised of those American writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Francis Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Eliot who, following the horrors of the First World War found, refuge in France, today, the new lost generation is there on the horizon, having been chased from of the temple of elitism, and is arriving on on safe shores.
Is it a 'return to order' after the great revolutionary binging of the late twentieth century? Not exactly. One can't see a revolution if there isn't one. But the subterfuge of the cultural debate, where value is defined by: listings, prices, millionaire acquisitions, auctions, petrodollars, the nouveaux rich, Russian Mafia and emerging markets, has been stripped away leaving the only thing which matters: the artists and what they produce: art.
So we have returned to an order where conscience and capacity define that what is beautiful and what is right, using a scale of value which belongs to us and defines what is human. We all know how horrible it has been and now sail forwards to the horizon. 'The New Lost Generation' Jennybird Alcantara, Alessandra Amici, Dan Barry, Ciou, Luciano Civettini, Edward Robin Coronel, Matt Dangler, Bob Dob, Mark Gleason, Handiedan, Teiji Hayama, Mari Inukai, Andy Keohe, Miran Kim, Tara Krebs, Edith Lebeau, Daniel Lim, Lisa Petrucci, Gail Potocki, Nerea Pozo, Prunelle, Michael Pukac, Dan Quintana, Karine Rougier, Rubenimichi, Mari Syring, Yoko Tanaka, Ania Tomicka, Yosuke Ueno, Christopher Umana 16/04/2011 al 18/05/2011
'The New Lost Generation' group show 16 April - 19 May 2011 Opening Saturday 16 April - 9.30 - 10.30 PM The works are also available online atwww.mondobizzarrogallery.com
Mondo Bizzarro Gallery Monday/Saturday h12:00-20:00 Sunday 16:00-20:00 Via Reggio Emilia 32 c/d 00198 Rome, Italy