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

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…
13C Gold Rhino, hidden by the racist apartheid regime of South Africa because it contradicted their ideology of an empty land
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 12 December 2016 14:52

South Africa: The Art of a Nation

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Nick Wright reviews South Africa: The Artof a Nation Filmgoers of a certain age will remember the 1964 film Zulu, which shows a group of British soldiers holding out against the massed warrior formations of the Zulu nation. A relatively minor 1879 episode in this country’s bloody colonial history, it originally…
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio: Heretical, Subversive and Revolutionary
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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
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,…
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