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

Invisible Britain: Portraits of Hope and Resilience
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 24 October 2018 09:24

Invisible Britain: Portraits of Hope and Resilience

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Mike Quille reviews Invisible Britain: Portraits of Hope and Resilience, and interviews the editor, Paul Sng. Paul Sng’s films – Sleaford Mods, and Dispossession: The Great Housing Swindle – have explored the lives of working-class people who have been ignored, marginalised or demonised by mainstream media, and who are protesting…
'The future of art hangs on the future of civilisation': The Artists' International and the Spanish Civil War
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 17 October 2018 13:42

'The future of art hangs on the future of civilisation': The Artists' International and the Spanish Civil War

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Christine Lindey looks at the role of the Artists International Association in supporting the cause of the Spanish Republic. The early 20th century’s momentous upheavals politicised many people and artists were no exception. The mechanised carnage of the First World War, the 1920s Hunger Marches, the increased immiseration caused by…
Al Nakba: Disaster
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 20 August 2018 12:23

Al Nakba: Disaster

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Adam Shehada introduces one of his artworks. This drawing is called Al Nakba, which is the Arabic for Disaster. I drew it from a photograph, using pencil and charcoals on paper, My intention is to express the long history of steadfastness and suffering implied in the old Palestinian woman's wrinkles,…
The Pity of War
Monday, 23 July 2018 15:22

The Pity of War

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David Betteridge visits an arts hub in Clydebank, where he views and reviews a beautiful and disturbing mosaic by Owen McGuigan.  “My subject is War, and the pity of War. The poetry is in the pity.” Wilfred Owen wrote these often quoted words in a preface intended for his one…
Die Internationale
Tuesday, 03 July 2018 16:23

Victims of Capitalism: Art in the Wake of World War One

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Christine Lindey reviews a new exhibition at Tate Britain, called Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One. It includes powerful, angry and sorrowful anti-war and anti-capitalist paintings, and some rarely shown, politically committed realism rooted in a socialist understanding of the capitalist greed which fuelled the carnage. An…
by Mary Ellen Mark
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 10:20

Photos of a divided society

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Sanjiv Sachdev reviews Another Kind of Life, Photography on the Margins at the Barbican Art Gallery. Photographer Mary Ellen Mark’s comment that she is “…interested in people who aren’t the lucky ones, who maybe have a tougher time surviving, and telling their story” could be the motif for this entire exhibition.…
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