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

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
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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…
Unsettling art for unsettling times
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 10 January 2017 11:18

Unsettling art for unsettling times

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Sanjiv Sachdev reviews Exhibit A, a witty and politically subversive exhibition of mask images of celebrities by Hugh Tisdale and Dan Murrell. ‘Fame, puts you where things are hollow’ - David Bowie Celebrity masks of the likes of Simon Cowell, Princess Diana and Robbie Williams, are a familiar sight in…
Thank you John; thank you
Tuesday, 03 January 2017 20:41

Thank you John; thank you

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This is the preface to Amarjit Chandan and Yasmin Gunaratnam (Eds.) A Jar of Wild Flowers: Essays in Celebration of John Berger, London: Zed Books, 2016. THE MEANING OF JOHN BERGER This commemorative volume A Jar of Wild Flowers is a small gesture of love and gratitude for John Berger…
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