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Foundation for the Advancement of Art


LONDON, ENGLAND.- In contention for this year’s Turner Prize are the Chapman Brothers. One of their pieces, Death, is a sculpture of blow-up dolls, cast in bronze, and caught in the act of in oral sex. Their work as been praised by the Turner Prize jury for their “humour, insight and exquisite craftsmanship.” 

“The farce of the Turner Prize would be amusing if it were not for one point: the award serves as a beacon for cultural direction.” Says the Foundation’s director, Michael Newberry. 

“The lack of critical assessment of the Turner Prize in relationship to human values is disturbing.” 

Last month the Foundation for the Advancement of Art held its first conference, Innovation, Substance, Vision: the Future of Art, at the Pierre Hotel in New York City, October 6th, 2003.  

This major conference – the first ever of its kind – addressed radical change in the arts and its importance for our times. Distinguished speakers from the fields of philosophy, vision science, and art focused on the debate between postmodern art and the new movement towards innovative painting and sculpture. 

The international audience included major figures from the worlds of art and commerce including Stephen Farthing from the New York Academy of Art, Jennifer Thompson from MASS MoCA, and Lee Minaidis from the Organization of the World Heritage Cities. 

The Foundation is an aesthetic think tank established in 2002 to explore radical and refreshing views on the nature of art and its purpose in human life. In addition to holding bi-annual conferences in New York and London, it aims to promote innovations made by living representational painters and sculptors through the annual “Foundation for the Advancement of Art Award” and exhibitions curated by the Foundation. 

Two Speakers at the 2003 Conference: 

Dr. Stephen Hicks: Leading philosopher with wide-ranging insights from Postmodernism and Intellectual History. Dr. Hicks outlined the spiraling descent of postmodern art and argued that we must “look at the world afresh.”  

“By the turn of the twentieth century, the nineteenth-century intellectual world’s sense of disquiet had become a full-blown anxiety. The artists responded, exploring in their works the implications of a world in which reason, order, certainty, dignity, beauty, and optimism seemed to have disappeared.” 

“The world of postmodern art is a run-down hall of mirrors reflecting tiredly some innovations introduced a century ago. It is time to move on.” 

Dr. David Kelley: Writer and intellectual on philosophical issues from human perception and reason to the furthest applications of ethics and politics.  

“…the enormous hunger for the experience of ideals has had to be satisfied with popular film, music, and fiction, with their simple and often sentimental templates of courage in battle and love everlasting…Our ideals need and deserve the skill of fine artists. We need the excitement of artistic innovation, the experience of ideals rendered powerfully and insightfully.” 

”Cynics may scoff at those who speak of ideals, but I think it is the cynic who is naïve…Life is a constant pursuit of goals, a constant striving for what we conceive as good for us…any such judgment implies a standard of comparison, a benchmark representing the best that is possible.” 

“I am not saying that the representation of ideals is the only function of art. But I believe it is a vital function—and one that has been neglected in the past century.”





Today's News

December 17, 2018

'Utrecht, Caravaggio and Europe' presents 70 masterpieces at the Centraal Museum

Kunsthaus Zürich stages Oskar Kokoschka retrospective

Bethlehem church mosaics sparkle in time for Christmas

French luxury dynasty in court battle over 'Mona Lisa' of Ferraris

Dutch court dismisses Chinese plea for mummy's return

Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild iconic Mosul mosque

Ai Weiwei launches new Zodiac (2018) LEGO portrait series

'Ink, Paper, Silk: One Hundred Years of Collecting Japanese Art' opens at BAMPFA

Skira publishes 'Contemporary Voices From The Asian And Islamic Art Worlds'

Exhibition on Screen's new film, Young Picasso, will be in cinemas in February 2019

Curitiba: Brazil's once model city, now frozen in the past

Exhibition places emphasis on the intricacy of Jonas Burgert's character studies in black and white

Exhibition of photographs by Bhupendra Karia on view at sepiaEYE

PDNB Gallery exhibits photographs by Delilah Montoya

National Gallery of Victoria presents the work of M. C. Escher in dialogue with works by nendo

New book honours the deep impact of refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe on British culture

Exhibition at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art focuses on the 'May revolution'

Art Cologne announces 2019 exhibitor list

Rarely seen drawings by Brett Whiteley on view at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Afterimage Gallery exhibits the Venice work of Sarah Hadley

'Kota Ezawa: The Crime of Art' travels to the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara

Photographer Nigel Shafran publishes book in response to the current homelessness crisis

Phytovision opens at Space p11 in the Chicago Pedway

The Currier Museum of Art launches a new program for those affected by the opioid crisis

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2.- A rare piece of U.S. paper money estimated at $2 million highlights Stack's Bowers Galleries auction

3.- $578K Rolex tops Morphy's $4 million Fine & Decorative Arts & Jewelry Auction

4.- Haunted by colonial past, Belgium's Africa museum reopens after revamp

5.- National Gallery of Canada acquires The Foursome (The Partie Carrée) by James Tissot

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7.- National Gallery of Art elects Kaywin Feldman as its fifth Director, succeeding Earl A. Powell III

8.- National Portrait Gallery to stage major new exhibition on the women who shaped Pre-Raphaelite art

9.- Unique exhibition on Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck opens in Turin

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