Bread and Puppet’s Cheap Art

Silkprints, masonite cuts, paintings and objects from the permanent
Bread & Puppet Museum, Glover VT, USA will be exposed.

The term “Arte Povera” that borrows the word “poverty” from Grotowski’s experimental theater praxis, is used for the first time in 1967 by Italian art critic Germano Celant. The Arte Povera is more of an attitude than of an art movement and consists in challenging the cultural industry and willingly shedding our cultural lineage. It is opposed to the scientific art and to pop art, as well as to the consumerist society represented by pop art. It is used to uplift the poverty of materials, means and effects on the status of art. Arte Povera artists are willing to restore a direct and sensitive link between the spectator and the natural material. They carry out a return to the ‘primary arts’, focusing on ‘Do It  Yourself’ skills and the use of raw materials.

Bread and Puppet’s Cheap Art Philosophy and production were born in 1979 when Peter Schumann and his company and friends filled their old school bus with hundreds of small pictures painted on scraps of masonite, cardboard and newspaper, painted slogans and statements about art and Cheap Art, and hung them on the outside of the bus. Then they drove it to neighbouring towns and sold the stuff for 10 cents to 10 dollars.

Today Cheap Art is practised by all kinds of artists and puppeteers all over, and continues to cry out:
“Art is Not Business! Art Is Food! Art Soothes Pain! Art Wakes Up Sleepers! Art Is Cheap! Hurrah! “. Peter Schumann