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

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…
Thirty Pieces of Silver
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 14:00

'Increasingly more political': the art of Cornelia Parker

Written by Phil Brett
Phil Brett introduces the art of Cornelia Parker.             I was only vaguely familiar with the artist Cornelia Parker, when in 1998, Steve, a good friend of mine, suggested that we visit the London Serpentine Gallery for an exhibition of hers. At the time, I wasn’t in…
“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
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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…
Rebecca, New York, 1921
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…
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