IDEAL WORLDS. NEW ROMANTICISM IN CONTEMPORARY ART
In a society marked by increasing mobility and dwindling social bonds, intimacy and security have become a new yearning. Inundated with bad news and images of terror, people have begun to long for places of security and redemptive perspectives. This situation is also reflected in the visual arts. Following the analytic explorations of discourse of the 1980s and 1990s and the conversion of art into a social act, it is evident there is a revival of the traditional work.
A series of highly topical artists like Peter Doig, David Thorpe, Kaye Donachie, and Christopher Orr have picked up a thread of the Romantic spirit: the desire for the paradisiacal, the beautiful, and the fairy-tale. Fathoming this dimension, the artists employ not only painting but the key media of postmodernism like photography, installation, and video.
Edited by Max Hollein and Martina Weinhart. With an introduction by Max Hollein, essays by Rainer Metzger, Beate Söntgen, Martina Weinhart, and texts by Will Bradley, Ralf Christofori, Katharina Dohm, Dominic Eichler, Barbara Hess, John Kelsey, Anke Kempkes, Francesco Manacorda, Christopher Miles, Martina Weinhart. German/English, 304 pages, 84 color and 12 black and white illustrations, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern 2005, ISBN 3-7757-1590-8.