Despite being declared dead in the 1980s, neo-expressionism continues to dominate the art market. In 2021, Jean-Michel's 'In this Case' sold for $119 million, a hundred-fold more than in 2002. It seems that there is something about neo-expressionism that recurrently transfixes audiences. Less a community or aesthetic disposition - as most movements are - it is better described as an attitude or individualistic ideology.
Contemporary life leaves a lot to be angry about, yet provides few outlets. It’s no wonder then that attacking a canvas, paintbrush as your sword, has appeal. Like the id of art, neo-expressionism seems destined to resurface, striking chords with an audience hungry for fierce vitality, feeling and story. Viva la expression.
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