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Baroque Povera is an extremely new, fledgling sensibility in art practice. It is the result of a very recent synthesis of ideas, experience and practice in art. The Death of Marxism, the ascendancy of consumer culture, the crisis of the ideal, the value of freedom, and the sentimentalism of culture all inform this aesthetic moment. However, a new sensibility can be defined only tentatively as it is still an emerging phenomenon. With that in mind the characteristics of this aesthetic are cautiously suggested below in 20 points that are neither exclusive nor exhaustive.

Aim of intensifying the experience of looking Gentle, light, sure and confident Low environmental impact but not minimal in the traditional sense Rigorously intellectual but eschewing traditional left and right positions Avoids traditional fault lines on which culture finds itself Interested in the index of a human gesture be it of a physical or mental quality Conscious work aware of its sign potential in a network of communication Appearance of being unfinished, or without effort Displaying the influence of arte povera in the use of materials Involving a choreography of materials and a marshalling of elements for an intellectual and philosophical end primarily Unconcerned to create a ‘total’ environment Avoids being reduced to a stage set/design A distaste for the overworked, overblown and pompous in scale A tendency away from arduous endeavour and the hard won A disavowal of high maintenance art Embraces the incongruous, in its light but tough approach Eschews platitude, niceness and earnestness Exploits freedom of all kinds Challenge to what art is perceived as looking like Avoids the anti ocular, the puritanical and preachy tendencies that abound


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mit Jessica Brouder, Babak Ghazi, Damien Roach, Andrea Winkler