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"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

USSR Rocket Sweet Tin
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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…
Alfredo Jaar's Garden of Good and Evil
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 20 October 2017 20:37

Alfredo Jaar's Garden of Good and Evil

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Emma Carboni introduces Alfredo Jaar's Garden of Good and Evil, at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.   Yorkshire Sculpture Park are presenting a major solo exhibition by pioneering Chilean artist, Alfredo Jaar. Widely regarded as one of the world's most politically engaging yet poetic artists, Jaar addresses humanitarian trauma and the politics…
The sinful greed of the rich: Bosch's painting of The Haywain
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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
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
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…
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