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

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio: Heretical, Subversive and Revolutionary
Thursday, 10 November 2016 15:43

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio: Heretical, Subversive and Revolutionary

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A radical cultural struggle against the established order: Mike Quille reviews the Caravaggio exhibition at the National Gallery. Curators sometimes overuse the word revolutionary when promoting exhibitions but it is an apt description of the six paintings by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio which hang alongside those of his admirers, rivals…
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:22

Tracey Emin meets William Blake

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Darren Pih, Exhibitions & Displays Curator, Tate Liverpool writes about Tracey Emin & William Blake in Focus at Tate Liverpool: 16 September 2016 to 3 September 2017. Tracey Emin was born in 1963, around 200 years after the Romantic artist and poet William Blake. While perhaps it seems counterintuitive to…
“We’re with Corbyn!”: Stacey Guthrie’s mass art action in Cornwall
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 05 July 2016 19:21

“We’re with Corbyn!”: Stacey Guthrie’s mass art action in Cornwall

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Mass art action that's democratic, inclusive and romantic: Andrew Warburton interviews Stacey Guthrie about her creative response to the campaign against Jeremy Corbyn. This weekend, on beaches all over Cornwall, passers-by found the same message written in huge letters in the sand: “We’re with Corbyn!” The messages drew the attention…
Balzac
Thursday, 02 June 2016 09:45

Unknown Knowledge: Richard Hamilton's Last Works

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Marc James Léger follows up his last article with an essay on the British artist and self-defined communist, Richard Hamilton. Léger continues his quest for a renewal of emancipatory politics on the left through a critique of discourse theory. Introduction In March 2016 I published Ecce Homo! Occupy God? in Culture Matters,…
Journal review: Stalin - what does the name stand for?
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 20:56

Journal review: Stalin - what does the name stand for?

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Andrew Warburton reviews the Spring issue of the Marxist journal Crisis and Critique, which focuses on art, music and culture in the Soviet Union under Stalin.  One sign of the enormity of Joseph Stalin’s influence on the international labour movement throughout the twentieth century is that intellectuals on the left…
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