Brisbane Gallery of Remodernism Opens Soon in Australia

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Remodernism is a new International Art Movement, founded by the Stuckists based in London, centering around the ideal of bringing back the spiritual nature of art, as defined in the dictionary as having beauty, intrinsic value and good aesthetics.

“There is all the difference in the world between a real work of art – which makes ugliness beautiful – and a fake work of art, which shares the ugliness that it shows" - Roger Scruton

Brisbane – Qld, Australia Centrally located in the heart of Brisbane in Newstead, the Brisbane Gallery of Remodernism, opening soon, was launched by Brisbane Art Workshops (incorporating Brisbane Artists Academé) as a direct response to the Brisbane Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA); the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) and the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art. All centres support the Post-Modernist movement, often showing objects disguised as “art”, reaffirming the fact that art has in-fact become a parody of itself.

After all, Roger Scruton in the film “Why Beauty Matters” reaffirms that “There is all the difference in the world between a real work of art – which makes ugliness beautiful – and a fake work of art, which shares the ugliness that it shows, ... (and that) ... it was not beauty, but “originality” that won the prizes”. Postmodern art has altogether forsaken skill, craft and beauty, which has instead focused on the “conceptual” art movement which Lucy Lippard says strives for the “dematerialization of the art object”; now supported by the elite art establishment it once sought to circumvent.    

The Brisbane Gallery of Remodernism is dedicated to regenerating interest in the technical skills required to produce fine art, fostering a revival in the application of the skill of painting by creating a new chapter in contemporary art practice. Places are on offer to hire a space for one year with representation and marketing to build the artist’s name. Shorter term hire of individual gallery spaces is also available in the Brisbane Gallery of Remodernism. Three day hire of the BAA Art Shed Contemporary Hire Space is also available during the peak period of Friday to Sunday and is suitable for larger group exhibitions and for other artistic representation in the form of photography, printmakers, ceramics to sculpture.

Robert Hughes says that the price of contemporary art has much to do with promotion, publicity and the pernicious role of money, and not with the quality of the works themselves. Gallery owners cite an artist’s “academic merits”, as if this should now affect the way art is valued. Thus the crisis in modern art continues, and is typified by the Contemporary Art Bubble which recently burst in-line with the Global Financial Crisis (GFC).

The GFC prompted the removal of art as a justifiable asset class from Self-Managed Superannuation Funds in the Australian Labour Government’s Henry Tax Review, reaffirming the notion that most of today’s art is worthless, and is speculative at best. Therefore by proxy, the movement of Postmodern Art must be put to rest, and it seems the movement, at least in Australia, will inevitably die a slow death. Post-Modernism will eventually be replaced with a new more beautiful vision, the movement of Remodernism, and hopefully at some point in the future, the next Review of the Australian Taxation system, will once again, look more kindly on art as a viable and respectable asset class in its own right.

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