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

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
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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.…
John Heartfield: satirist, anti-fascist and fearless communist
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 14 April 2018 18:19

John Heartfield: satirist, anti-fascist and fearless communist

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Jenny Farrell salutes John Heartfield, the creator of political photomontage, who died fifty years ago. John Heartfield is one of the most important European artists. He works in a field which he created himself, the field of photomontage. Through this new form of art, he exercises social criticism. Steadfastly on…
Freedom for Humanity
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 04 April 2018 15:23

Art, politics, anti-semitism and anti-Corbynism

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Nick Wright discusses, art, anti-semitism, and anti-Corbynism. Labour is weathering a co-ordinated campaign which combines criticism of Corbyn's policies and persona with an intensified drive to brand any criticism of the murderous policies pursued by Israel's rulers with anti-semitism. I was once branded an antisemite. It was the during the…
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