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

Art of Solidarity
Sunday, 29 January 2017 19:55

Art of Solidarity

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Len Phelan reviews the Art of Solidarity. It's hard to think of a more appropriate venue for Art of Solidarity, a marvellous exhibition of Cuban posters supporting the liberation struggle in Africa from the late 1960s to the late 1980s, than the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool. The museum promotes awareness…
Unsettling art for unsettling times
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 10 January 2017 11:18

Unsettling art for unsettling times

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Sanjiv Sachdev reviews Exhibit A, a witty and politically subversive exhibition of mask images of celebrities by Hugh Tisdale and Dan Murrell. ‘Fame, puts you where things are hollow’ - David Bowie Celebrity masks of the likes of Simon Cowell, Princess Diana and Robbie Williams, are a familiar sight in…
John Berger: an appreciation
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 04 January 2017 17:06

John Berger: an appreciation

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David Betteridge offers an appreciation of the late, great John Berger. There are some authors whose way with words not only reflects a way of living, but also excites it. It has a moral force as well as an aesthetic sense. John Berger, who died on 2 January, was an…
A smuggling operation: John Berger's theory of art
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 03 January 2017 20:57

A smuggling operation: John Berger's theory of art

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For the late John  Berger, art criticism was a revolutionary practice. The following article by Robert Minto, outlining Berger's theory of art, is republished with the kind permission of the Los Angeles Review of Books, lareviewofbooks.org Early in his career, John Berger’s weekly art criticism for the New Statesman provoked outraged…
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
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
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…
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