On 12th July, 2014 Mead Carney gallery (London) opened its first pop up gallery in Montegro with an exhibition titled 'The Shock Of The New', referencing the seminal book of the same name by legendary art critic Robert Hughes, whose commentary on the social, political and economic contexts of artistic development from 1880s to 1980s changed the way society thought about modern art.
"The basic project of art is always to make the world whole and comprehensible, to restore it to us in all its glory and its occasional nastiness, not through argument but through feeling, and then to close the gap between you and everything that is not you, and in this way pass from feeling to meaning. It's not something that committees can do. It's not a task achieved by groups or by movements. It's done by individuals, each person mediating in some way between a sense of history and an experience of the world." Robert Hughes, The Shock Of The New
Featuring world-renowned artists Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Gerhard Richter, Richard Prince, and Russell Young alongside a selection of highly acclaimed newly emerging Contemporary artists from around the world, the exhibition 'The Shock Of The New' continues the dialogue of the development of Contemporary art from 1990 to the present day.