The Shock of the New
DIMENSIONS 14" x 18" MEDIUM archival pigment print
Limited edition of 20, 2013
Accompanied by certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by the artist
Sue Williams acknowledges that "reality is a bit embarrassing." Tackling such topics as infidelity, battery, and rape, Williams often creates what she has referred to as "psychedelic doodles." Created in 1995, The Shock of the New was one of William's favorite pieces until the floods of Hurricane Sandy destroyed the original work. The title comes from a widely known 1980 documentary television series that addressed the development of modern art since the Impressionists. Throughout eight episodes, it examined art's relationship with the pleasures of nature, the relationship between art and authority, the surrealists' attempts to make art without restrictions, among other topics. We've resurrected the destroyed piece with this print edition, reflecting on Robert Hughes' famous quote from The Shock of the New that "in art there is no progress, only fluctuations of intensity."
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