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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

Karl Marx, tickled and honoured
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 16 April 2018 16:06

Karl Marx, tickled and honoured

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John Green introduces some Karl Marx bicentenary cartoons and caricatures. 5 May 2018 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx. To commemorate this the Ken Sprague Fund organised an international cartoon and caricature competition which drew over 150 entries from artists around the world. Ken Sprague was one…
Cultural democracy: Revolt and Revolutions at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 31 January 2018 21:21

Cultural democracy: Revolt and Revolutions at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Mike Quille reviews an involving, stimulating exhibition which encourages the growing appetite for cultural democracy. The recent appointment of Elisabeth Murdoch to Arts Council England was yet more evidence of the increasing domination of public funding for the arts by corporate and right-wing interests. There is growing resistance, however, among…
USSR Rocket Sweet Tin
Monday, 27 November 2017 13:31

Every revolution needs some smashing plates

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Mark Perryman went to the 1985 Exhibition of Soviet Design in London, and learned the real meaning of revolution. In 1985, Thatcherism reigned triumphant. The Miners' Strike was coming to a sorry end. With Reagan in the White House the second Cold War dominated what remained of international relations. It…
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