Art strike

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The first known reference to an art strike is in Alain Jouffroy's essay "What's To Be Done About Art?" (included in "Art and Confrontation," New York Graphic Society 1968):

"It is essential that the minority advocate the necessity of going on an 'active art strike' using the machines of the culture industry to set it in total contradiction to itself. The intention is not to end the rule of production, but to change the most adventurous part of 'artistic' production into the production of revolutionary ideas, forms and techniques."

  • 1977-1980 - Gustav Metzger's call for artists to withdraw their labour for a minimum of 3 years. "Art Into Society/Society Into Art" (ICA, London 1974)
  • Art Strike 1990-1993 Campaign launched in 1986 by Stewart Home which called upon all artists to cease their artistic work between January 1, 1990 and January 1, 1993

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  1. ^ 'Alytus - Meno striko sostine', Alytaus Naujienos, No.155, 21 August 2009