“There is evidence, here and there, of younger artists re-engaging with aspects of Romanticism … There is a new engagement with the idea of landscape, and how landscape can become embroiled with human feeling.”

…reported the Financial Times yesterday (“Romantic spirit in a landscape of theory”, Jan 20, 2006 – subscription only). Ahem. I did warn you of a possible post-romantic revival, last March. It’s down in Australia too. The Sydney Morning Herald, in its review of the year’s art, noted and sneered at the “dabbling in neo-romantic imagery”. And The Art Newspaper called the Whitney Bienneal “neo-Romantic in the concentration on the irrational and the erotic”. There are US-inflected changes on the west-coast too, as a more polished and educated form of lowbrow arrives in more and more small galleries. The LA Times recently wrote…

“Something remarkable is happening just beneath the surface of the art world. Its makeup has been shifting — slightly and subtly at first, but with a recent torrential surge that may have put it on the verge of a sea change. Rich new collectors are buying up strange artworks from a host of until recently fringe-dwelling galleries, and the guardians of high culture are being forced to sit up and take notice.” … “Little galleries are springing up everywhere, devoted to a kind of dark, cartoonish pictorialism”.