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 sinful greed of the rich: Bosch's painting of The Haywain
Thursday, 19 October 2017 07:16

The sinful greed of the rich: Bosch's painting of The Haywain

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On the 500th anniversary of Luther's revolt, Jenny Farrell gives us a critical appreciation of Hieronymous Bosch's famous painting The Haywain, a coded criticism of the ruthless extortion by the ruling religious and secular elites in mediaeval society. Hieronymus Bosch, the famous Dutch Renaissance painter, died in 1516. A year later,…
Never again war: the life and work of Käthe Kollwitz
Monday, 02 October 2017 19:02

Never again war: the life and work of Käthe Kollwitz

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Jenny Farrell introduces the life and work of Käthe Kollwitz, one of Germany’s greatest artists and sculptors, who produced unforgettable images of the violence, injustice and crimes against humanity perpetuated by the capitalist econmic and political system. Käthe Kollwitz's artistic work reflects the events of the first half of the 20th…
Venice Biennale 2017
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 11 September 2017 19:43

Venice Biennale 2017

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Dennis Broe reviews the 2017 Venice Biennale. This year’s Biennale is bigger but not necessarily better than the more overtly politicized 2015 version curated by Okwui Enwezor. The event, which is running through November, is curated by the Paris Pompidou Center’s Christine Macel and represents in many ways a toning…
Guernica
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 06 August 2017 06:00

Guernica

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Jenny Farrell takes us through one of the greatest political artworks ever, Picasso's Guernica. There are a handful of pictures that may be said to be almost universally known. They include Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, Edvard Munch’s The Scream and Picasso’s Guernica. Eighty years ago, on 26 April 1937 the small…
Animal Spirit by Grayson Perry
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 22 July 2017 06:00

The most popular art exhibition ever!

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Christine Lindey admires the slyly subversive, anti-establishment and egalitarian themes of Grayson Perry's latest exhibition. Flamboyant, transvestite artist Grayson Perry, who delights in exposing middle-class and art-world pretensions, has plenty to say and provides plenty to look at in The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!, the free show of his…
For the many, not the few: Liars of Earth at the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 06:00

For the many, not the few: Liars of Earth at the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art

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Mike Quille reviews the national premiere of Liars of Earth, and interviews the artist. Review of the Drawing Chad McCail’s 100-foot long drawing depicts a series of stories from an imagined world in which the many have combined to overthrow the few. The liars are levelled, and the rich and…
West End of Newcastle, 1981
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 14:18

Women's Art

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PL Henderson introduces the #WOMENSART project, which demonstrates how women have continued to create art, often as radicals, rebels and pioneers, despite the social, cultural and economic restrictions placed upon them. In 1972, Austrian artist VALIE EXPORT created a small manifesto entitled ‘Women’s Art’ in which she highlighted the cultural…
Accumulate art for all: creatively supporting London's homeless
Monday, 01 May 2017 20:12

Accumulate art for all: creatively supporting London's homeless

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Emma Carboni interviews Marice Cumber, who is the founder of Accumulate, a charity which helps support and encourage young homeless people to explore their creativity, visually portray their opinions and gain employability skills. Accumulate run photography, film-making, illustration and creative writing workshops for long term homeless residents in hostels all over London.…
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