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THE ART STRIKE PAPERS
The Art Strike Papers is a substantial collection of material produced in response to the Art Strike 1990-93. It is made up entirely of pieces which have appeared since the publication of The Art Strike Handbook in April 1989.
"The Art Strike is surely the proverbial last word in the sorry saga of anti-artism. It has the dubious virtue of providing for its own supersession by being a conscious simulation a veritable mockery of itself. As pure negation, however, it would surely be more valuable if it were only a little more obviously insincere" Mike Peters and Steve Bushell 'Concluding Unartistic Postscript'
"The importance of the Art Strike lies not in its feasibility but in the possibilities it opens up for intensifying the class war. The Art Strike addresses a series of issues: most important amongst these is the fact that the socially imposed hierarchy of the arts can be actively and aggressively challenged.. The organisers of the Art Strike have quite consciously exploited the fact that within this society what is simulated tends to become real." Stewart Home 'Art Strike 1990-1993'
"Making the Art Strike (quasi) real is a series of documents that discuss the act of negation, of not doing art.. the texts serve as the simulated reality of an organised strike" Anon 'Strike Out On Your Own: A Reader's Guide to Simulated Reality in the Years Without Art'
"The Strikers quote Jean Baudrillard's statement: 'Art no longer contests anything, if it ever did.' But does refusing to make art contest anything? If only it did." C. Carr 'The End of Everything'
British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data Home, Stewart 1962 Neoist manifestos.
I. Arts I. Title II. Mannox, James III. The Art strike papers 700 ISBN 1-873176-15-5
The following was previously published by AK Press, 22 Lutton Place, Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9PE in 1991 back to back with Neoist Manifestos by Stewart Home. This is only a very small sample of Art Strike material and doesn't include any of the vast number of graphics.
Apart from this, the most readily available stuff is contained in the 38 issues of YAWN published by the Drawing Legion, PO Box 227, Iowa City, IA 52244, USA, send an SAE or IRC for details of availability of back issues and prices.
The National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, London SW7 2RL holds a substantial collection of press cuttings on Stewart Home including much about the Art Strike.
Assessing The Art Strike (1993 reflections on Art Strike by Home)
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