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

Guernica
Sunday, 06 August 2017 06:00

Guernica

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Jenny Farrell takes us through one of the greatest political artworks ever, Picasso's Guernica. There are a handful of pictures that may be said to be almost universally known. They include Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, Edvard Munch’s The Scream and Picasso’s Guernica. Eighty years ago, on 26 April 1937 the small…
Animal Spirit by Grayson Perry
Saturday, 22 July 2017 06:00

The most popular art exhibition ever!

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Christine Lindey admires the slyly subversive, anti-establishment and egalitarian themes of Grayson Perry's latest exhibition. Flamboyant, transvestite artist Grayson Perry, who delights in exposing middle-class and art-world pretensions, has plenty to say and provides plenty to look at in The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!, the free show of his…
For the many, not the few: Liars of Earth at the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 11 July 2017 06:00

For the many, not the few: Liars of Earth at the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art

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Mike Quille reviews the national premiere of Liars of Earth, and interviews the artist. Review of the Drawing Chad McCail’s 100-foot long drawing depicts a series of stories from an imagined world in which the many have combined to overthrow the few. The liars are levelled, and the rich and…
West End of Newcastle, 1981
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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
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
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…
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