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

The unflinching radicalism of Kim James
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 30 April 2020 11:09

The unflinching radicalism of Kim James

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Nick Wright remembers Kim James' materialist approach to art What strikes me most about Kim James' place in the discourses around art, creativity and consciousness is his unrelenting philosophical materialism. Of course this is not simply a question of seeing mind and consciousness as part of the material and social…
The precarious lives of working people: Hokusai's Return
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 16 April 2020 17:40

The precarious lives of working people: Hokusai's Return

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Hokusai’s Return by Chris Nash Rowers bent over in labourand reaching for a nowherewhere you can / you cannotdrive further, drive throughoshiokuri bune frail prows,oars in rhyme with the rampagesof the terror’s watery surge you must / you must notdrown under this shunga wave,Prussian-blue hair in cascadeswhere silver fingers of…
The deep and realistic humanism of Raphael
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 05 April 2020 11:42

The deep and realistic humanism of Raphael

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Jenny Farrell presents the life and some of the work of Raphael, who died 500 years ago The great Italian painter and architect, Raphael, died on April 6, 1520. He lived at the time of the Italian High Renaissance, one of the most progressive periods of history. As Engels put…
Norman Cornish and the Silver Swan
Monday, 03 February 2020 16:20

Norman Cornish and the Silver Swan

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Michael Jarvie reviews the Norman Cornish exhibition currently on at the Bowes Museum, Durham, and takes in the Silver Swan as well The Norman Cornish exhibition at the Bowes Museum is a retrospective, marking the 100th anniversary of his birth, and is spread out over three adjacent rooms. There’s a…
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