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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

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…
Rebecca, New York, 1921
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 04 April 2016 20:05

A focus on political commitment: the photography of Paul Strand

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John Green reviews a new exhibition about the great American photographer Paul Strand, pointing to the 'mute, empathetic, visual rapport' that Strand achieves in his images. The socialist photographer Paul Strand (1890-1976) has long been neglected, although during his lifetime he was very influential on many budding photographers and other…
Because Them's The Rules, Anon, HMP Kirklevington Grange
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 14 March 2016 20:24

Because them's the rules

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'As part of a drawing project I had to draw a view from a window. Security allowed me to do this but I was not allowed to draw the wall. I decided to replace it with the lines to the outline of the wall, following the rules, but still getting…
Bakshiram
Monday, 04 January 2016 21:45

Artist and Empire

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Mike Quille explores the relations between art, politics and empire, in the current Artist and Empire exhibition at Tate Britain. Has there ever been a more successful engine of global exploitation than the British Empire? And has any other empire been better at reframing that exploitation as benevolent paternalism, moral…
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