Visual Arts

Visual Arts

"What do you think an artist is? He’s a political being, constantly alive to heartrending, fiery, or happy events, to which he responds in every way. No, painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war, for attack and defense against the enemy."

Pablo Picasso

West End of Newcastle, 1981
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 14:18

Women's Art

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PL Henderson introduces the #WOMENSART project, which demonstrates how women have continued to create art, often as radicals, rebels and pioneers, despite the social, cultural and economic restrictions placed upon them. In 1972, Austrian artist VALIE EXPORT created a small manifesto entitled ‘Women’s Art’ in which she highlighted the cultural…
Accumulate art for all: creatively supporting London's homeless
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 01 May 2017 20:12

Accumulate art for all: creatively supporting London's homeless

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Emma Carboni interviews Marice Cumber, who is the founder of Accumulate, a charity which helps support and encourage young homeless people to explore their creativity, visually portray their opinions and gain employability skills. Accumulate run photography, film-making, illustration and creative writing workshops for long term homeless residents in hostels all over London.…
A weapon in the class struggle: American artists and the Communist Party
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 20 April 2017 09:15

A weapon in the class struggle: American artists and the Communist Party

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Jane Kallir focuses on the relationship of 1930s American artists to the Communist Party.  In the 1930s, the Great Depression’s far-reaching economic impact lent credence to the Marxist belief that capitalism was doomed. Membership in the Communist Party U.S.A. (CPUSA) swelled, and artists became increasingly politicized. The near total collapse of…
Alexander Deineka, Textile Workers, 1927
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 16 March 2017 09:39

Great art, shame about the curating

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Christine Lindey reviews the current Royal Academy exhibition, and recommends the art - but not the didactic, vindictive and reactionary curation. In January 1918 the Russian Soviet Republic was the first state in the world to officially support the avant-garde. Fired by the revolution’s socialist ideology, artists rejected the tsarist regime’s…
El Lissitzsky, Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge, 1919
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 16:00

October 1917: The Spark For Great Art

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Christine Lindey explains how the 1917 Russian Revolution inspired the transformation of the visual arts into instruments of popular liberation. “In the land of the Soviets every kitchen maid must be able to rule the state,” said Lenin and the arts were an intrinsic part of the Bolshevik revolution’s attempt…
Books (Please)! In All Branches of Knowledge by Alexander Rodchenko, 1924
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 10:52

All Power to the Ideals!

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What kind of cultural celebration, Mark Perryman asks, do the art and the politics of the Russian Revolution deserve? A century ago, on 23rd February 1917, Russian women workers marched out in protest from the St Petersburg factories to defy Cossacks armed with swords, and took control of the city’s…
Art of Solidarity
Sunday, 29 January 2017 19:55

Art of Solidarity

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Len Phelan reviews the Art of Solidarity. It's hard to think of a more appropriate venue for Art of Solidarity, a marvellous exhibition of Cuban posters supporting the liberation struggle in Africa from the late 1960s to the late 1980s, than the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool. The museum promotes awareness…
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