August 8, 2007

Angry young man is dead in Sydney galleries

In the Sydney Morning Herald: "The angry young man is dead. In his place: refinement, tradition and women. For more than a decade the Sydney art market has run on testosterone. Angry young men have dominated the gallery scene, snapped up by collectors reconnecting with lost youth. The painter Adam Cullen formed the face of this movement, and his pictures, made from squalls of genitalia and dismembered bodies, found their way into the living rooms of Elton John and Amanda Vanstone....But the movement has aged, losing some of its intensity - tastes have changed and the pendulum is swinging towards a wave of young women, angry and otherwise. At art schools across Australia, women account for the overwhelming majority of enrolments and are increasingly represented in commercial galleries." Read more.