“Art for Art” as a new trend on Art New York 2018

The name «Art for Art» [1]  represents the concept, in the basis of which lies the idea of the value and significance of the piece of art as an act of creation and self-expression. It takes the artwork as self-sufficient art product being independent from the personality of its creator. This direction denies the social influence of the artist’s name on the artwork’s true value, so it is based on the principle of «anonymity» in the Contemporary art.

Movement is common to the same trends as Street Art, Video Art, Performance, Soft Art, Vision, and other[2].

The main purpose of those Anonymous is the Freedom of experiment, a creative search for new styles and trends in art. The ideology of this direction is associated with the idea of the unity of subject and object of perception. For these artists important is the effect of experiencing of a particular moment of reality in the painting that in no way is associated with the name known all over the world. For the artists of this trend the actual creativity is the only important goal and complete anonymity allows emerging of various legends and stories about the real authorship and value of the work, rather than vice versa. Due to globalization this movement in art is becoming more and more accepted.

The usage of this term in art criticism refers to artists who hide their real identities under monickers. Such artists conceal the personal data, so they can be judged by their artworks only. The term «Art for Art» is associated with the deliberate abandonment of the art elitism and returning to its initial decorative and aesthetic functions[3].









Harry Carlson

Harry Carlson – it is a pseudonym of the famous contemporary artist. He works in a style of post-expressionism and enters the group of anonymous artists “Art for Art” united by the idea of conscious avoiding the personality of the Creator. The work itself has to reveal the inner world and character of the artist. This topical movement in the art is associated with the deep psychological undertones disclosed in their paintings.  

Patrick Duchamp

Contemporary artist  (or group) knowns  as Patrick Duchamp is famous for his graphic Monochrome portraits of celebrities:  Madonna, John Lennon, Marylin Monroe, John Kennedy  and many other. He explored themes of Consumerism and celebrity culture through his psychological interpretation. Patrick Duchamp reveals a new style and tendency in contemporary graphic art.

John Atwood

John Atwood is a famous contemporary figurative painters. His name is a moniker and he follows ideas, based on the principle of the anonymity. The main purpose for him is the Freedom of experiment, a creative search for new styles and trends in art. He is an Expressionist artists of new generation and pioneered a unique technique of applying paint to canvas. 

He has exhibited throughout in United States and Europe.


These works were presented at the exhibition in Monaco, and will forthcoming be exhibited at London, Palm Beach and Paris

Jing Wu

This visually meditative abstract  paintings was made  by contemporary American artist Jing Wu. He famous for the different series vivid and expressive abstract artworks. This  series of artworks  has unique collage of colors and it is dynamic in both color and form.  By eliminating the illusion of depth as well as any evidence of the artist’s hand, the viewer’s attention is directed to the essential qualities of color itself. Jing Wu artworks is bringing contemporary style in life and design. 

The works of these cycles were presented at the exhibitions in Monaco, London, Palm Beach, Paris, Brussels.

Max Rey 

Max Ray – an artist, acutely feeling the pulse of the days, its volatility and fluctuation. “The tonality of the 21st century is black and white; our days are devoid of halftones”. The color in his paintings, or rather the absence of it – is the way of expression deliberately chosen by the artist. “The picture cannot be detached from the moment, when it is being painted, canvas is the soul of the times!” The people in his paintings are not specific personalities, but ideas and emotions.  The idea of line is of particular importance in the pictures of Max Ray, in his works it vibrates, lives, like line of life it creates everything and is everything. Alternation of black and white strips – as a set of binary code, Yin Yang, the unity and struggle of opposites. 

Particularly interesting are series “Geometry” where human bodies are weaved of black and white mosaic.

Sofia Rossi

Horses were a common theme for Sofia Rossi artworks. These majestic animals are represented  in different views on neutral backgrounds.

Bertha Delisi

Berta Delisi is famous for her hyper-realistic portraits. She is also beloved get her candid and psychological characters of African’s people and events.   

This artworks was created by Delisi in memories of 40-th anniversary of “1960-Great African Day”. This year became a year of independence for 17 African countries.

Alice Zimmerman

She is a figurative painter, who render the three-dimensional world on a flat surface.  She attempts discover a new shapes of human body. She interpreted colors, form and function.  Visual art for Zimmerman is an excellent instrument for experimentation with reality. God has  revealed Himself in human form and Homo Sapiens reflected his Divine Glory. This philosophical traditional etymology leads to understanding individual style of Zimmerman’s artworks. 

Ursula Larsen

Ursula Larsen’s body of work presents an important and convincing art which reflects precisely in its state of abstraction the aberrations of contemporary human life. In order to comprehend and interpret the paintings of Ursula Larsen in their boldness, their originality and their matter of concern, one has to go beyond any customary visual frameworks in order to adopt an entirely different way of viewing art. She mixed Pre-Raphaelites faces with floral symbolical ornaments. She used special techniques of Draining end Encaustic in her artworks. It is difficult to measure her work according to the criteria of European contemporary art or even to try to integrate it: too different are the coordinates, too unorthodox and seemingly free from any kind of influences.

Otto Wagner 

Otto Wagner’s artworks revealed a new interpretation of folk and ethnic motives in visual Art. His paintings introduce a archetypal figures in different positions. Serpentine lines move rhythmically across the surface of the canvas on colored background. We can recover traditional  primitive forms of Tribal culture in modern technocratic Era of digital technologies. 


Monaco 2016

Brussel, BFAF, 2017

Luxembourg, ART3F, 2017. 

Moscow, RA&AF, 2018

Art New York, 2018

Paris Art and Design, 2018


[1] ISBN 978-83-950417-0-9 Art For Art by Alexandra Lasocka


“Art For Art” as a new performance in Contemporary visual arts



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