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Excessivism is an art movement which was introduced in 2015 by American artist and curator Kaloust Guedel with an exhibition titled Excessivist Initiative.[1][2][3][4][5] A preview of the exhibition[6] written by art critic and curator Shana Nys Dambrot, titled "Excessivism: Irony, Imbalance and a New Rococo" was published in the Huffington Post.[6] Its early adopters go back to late 20th century.[7][8]


Excessivism is a reflection, examination, or investigation of every aspect of life in excessive state with particular consideration to the areas that have real and consequential effect on the members of the society. Subject areas are, but not limited to, economics, politics and psychology. In the area of economics it is a commentary on economic materialism. It reflects, examines and investigates the excessive desire to acquire material goods beyond one's needs and often means.[6] Excessivism depicts the excessive use of resources in an exaggerated way, by means of two- or three-dimensional visual creations, written or spoken words, or in any other manner. It aims at a reflection, examination, or investigation of the capitalist system, devoid of aesthetic, legal, commercial, ethical, moral, racial, or religious considerations.[1]

The goal of the capitalist system is to deliver profit for private investors, or corporations (without consideration of consequences including human and environmental), as contrasted to cooperatively or state-owned means of wealth. Said structure provides incomparable contribution to economic growth, employment and prosperity. According to determinism,[9][10][11][12] freedom of choice is illusory and society is positioned to function as a reliable producer of excess, the lubricant of the capitalist engine.[1]


The inaugural exhibition of Excessivism took place in LA Artcore Brewery Annex gallery with the title "Excessivist Initiative".[1] And the Excessivism Manifesto was published in Downtown News weekly in September 2015.[13][14] According to an art critic Shana Nys Dambrot the idea was conceived in the studio of the founder based on his personal realizations of his relationship as a consumer with the capitalist environment.[6] Excessivism was introduced to the Los Angeles art scene in November 2014 in the Red Pipe gallery in an exhibition titled Excess The New Norm. It was curated by art critic, publisher and curator Mat Gleason.[15]

The artists included in the inaugural exhibition were Brett Baker, Christophe Baudson, Andrew Dadson, Ian Davenport, Jonas Etter, Kaloust Guedel, Don Harger, Zhu Jinshi, Fabian Marcacio, Roxy Paine, Scott Richter, Samvel Saghatelian, Elizabeth Sheppell, Michael Toenges, Michael Villarreal, Danh Vō, Cullen Washington jr., Brigid Watson, Leslie Wayne, Ai Weiwei and Zadik Zadikian.[2][16]


  • Art & Museum, Pg. 48, Autumn 2017 [17]
  • Vogue, This Parsons x Kering Empowering Imagination Finalist Is Tackling the Excesses of Overconsumption Head On, May 8 2017, by Nicole Phelps[18]
  • Diversions LA, February 8, 2017, by Genie Davis [19]
  • Artcopyblog, KALOUST GUEDEL’S EXCESSIVISM AND THE RISE OF DONALD TRUMP, by Brenda Haroutunian, JUNE 26, 2016[20]
  • WideWalls Magazine, Excessivism - A Phenomenon Every Art Collector Should Know, by Angie Kordic, January 2016[21]
  • Asbarez, (Armenian), by Ani Tadevosyan, January 13, 2016[22]
  • Gallereo Magazine, The Newest Art Movement You've Never Heard of, Nov. 20, 2015[23]
  • CaliforniaNewswire, New Art Movement, Excessivism, is a Commentary on Economic Materialism, Nov. 02, 2015[24]
  • Miami Herald, Excessivism is Best Kept Secret in the Art World, Nov. 02, 2015[25]
  • Downtown News, Excessivism Manifesto, September 28, 2015, page 10
  • Reuters, Why Donald Trump's Bid for Presidency Related to New Art Movement is Essential? Artist Kaloust Guedel Explains, Dec. 14, 2015[26]
  • "Excessivism: Irony, Imbalance and a New Rococo". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2015-10-12.[27]


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  2. ^ a b "Kavi Gupta Gallery : News : Roxy Paine - Excessivism, LA Artcore, Los Angeles". kavigupta.com. Retrieved 2015-10-12.
  3. ^ "The "EXCESSIVIST INITIATIVE" An Art Exhibition October 2 Through October 29 | PRLog". www.prlog.org. Retrieved 2015-10-12.
  4. ^ "Garboushian Gallery Premiers '1915' Exhibit". Asbarez.com. Retrieved 2015-10-12.
  5. ^ "Excessivism: Irony, Imbalance and a New Rococo". The Huffington Post. 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2015-10-12.
  6. ^ a b c d "Excessivism: Irony, Imbalance and a New Rococo". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2015-10-12.
  7. ^ "Early adopters". Zadik Zadikian. Retrieved 2015-10-13.
  8. ^ "Where Stands Postmodern American Poetry: Is Paul Hoover's Anthology the Final Word?". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2015-10-12.
  9. ^ Phillips, Nicola (2004-08-02). The Southern Cone Model: The Political Economy of Regional Capitalist Development in Latin America. Routledge. ISBN 9781134327089.
  10. ^ Cardoso, Fernando Henrique; Font, Mauricio Augusto (2001-01-01). Charting a New Course: The Politics of Globalization and Social Transformation. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9780742508934.
  11. ^ Prasad, Pushkala (2015-02-24). Crafting Qualitative Research: Working in the Postpositivist Traditions. Routledge. ISBN 9781317473695.
  12. ^ Arestis, Philip; Sawyer, Malcolm C. (1994-01-01). The Elgar Companion to Radical Political Economy. Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN 9781843768647.
  13. ^ Downtown News, Excessivism Manifesto, September 28, 2015 page 10
  14. ^ "The Architect and Engineer of California Volume 22" (PDF). The Architect and Engineer Co. August 1910. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  15. ^ "Red Pipe Gallery: Kaloust Guedel: Excess The New Norm". ArtSlant. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  16. ^ "The "Excessivist Initiative" an Art Exhibition". PRWeb. Retrieved 2015-10-12.
  17. ^ https://issuu.com/familyofficeelitemagazine/docs/art-museum-autumn-17-single
  18. ^ https://www.vogue.com/article/parsons-kering-overconsumption-ji-won-choi
  19. ^ http://diversionsla.com/excessivism-creating-beyond-boundaries/
  20. ^ Brenda Haroutunian (2016-06-26). "Kaloust Guedel'S Excessivism And Trump'S Rise To Power". Artcopyblog.com. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  21. ^ Angie Kordic. "Excessivism – A Phenomenon Every Art Collector Should Know | WideWalls". Widewalls.ch. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  22. ^ armenianeditor (2016-01-13). "Նոր Ուղղութիւն Արուեստում՝ Պարտադրում Է Ժամանակակից Մարդը | Asbarez - Armenian". Asbarez. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  23. ^ "The Newest Art Movement You've Never Heard Of". Gallereo.com. 2015-11-20. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  24. ^ Christopher Simmons (2015-11-02). "New Art Movement, Excessivism, is a Commentary on Economic Materialism". California Newswire. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  25. ^ "Excessivism is Best Kept Secret in the Art World | Financial Content | ${sectionParameter". Markets.financialcontent.com. 2015-11-02. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  26. ^ [1][dead link]
  27. ^ Shana Nys Dambrot (2015-09-23). "Excessivism: Irony, Imbalance and a New Rococo | HuffPost". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2017-06-12.

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