Nouveau Réalisme

IKB 191, monochromatic painting by Yves Klein. 1962

IKB 191, monochromatic painting by Yves Klein. 1962

“The term Nouveau Réalisme (New Realism) was forged by Pierre Restany during an early group exhibition in May 1960. By returning to “realism” as a category, he was referring to the 19th-century artistic and literary movement which aimed to describe ordinary everyday reality without any idealisation. Yet, this realism was “new”, in the sense that there was a Nouveau Roman in fiction and a New Wave in film: in the first place it connects itself to the new reality deriving from an urban consumer society, in the second place its descriptive mode is also new because it no longer is identified with a representation through the making of an appropriate image, but consists in the presentation of the object chosen by the artist.”

New Realism: a poetic recycling of reality

In short: where Kafka, Joyce, Godard, Truffaut, Duchamp collide at high velocity with Henry James, Tolstoy and Conrad.

See also: J.G. Ballard.

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This is what happens when I listen to Connect_icut late at night.

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