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It's a right-lash!, by J.J. Charlesworth / ArtReview

It's a right-lash!

J.J. Charlesworth ponders the rightwing backlash against this year’s Turner Prize and the contemporary artworld

By JJ Charlesworth

Grayson Perry speaking at the Creative Industries event at Central Saint Martins, London, November 2016. Via standard.co.uk Work by Helen Marten (installation view, Turner Prize 2016, Tate Britain, London). Photo: Joe Humphrys. Courtesy Tate Photography

The rightwing of politics has never much liked contemporary art. Contemporary art is always, in the minds of right-thinking types, liberal, leftish, elitist, obscure and airy-fairy. Such complaints have been thrown at artists for decades, but the best part of the 90s and 00s, they receded into the background, as mainstream culture found its current enthusiasm for art, and as politicians, financiers and developers all got behind what growing popular appeal of contemporary art.But in a post-Trump, post-Brexit atmosphere, the…

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