Art

The responsibility that comes with seeing

Submitted by Matthew on 12 April, 2017 - 11:39 Author: Pat Yarker

Pat Yarker reviews Incoming, free at The Curve, Barbican, London, until 23 April.


Hundreds of thousands of people continue to flee war and persecution in the Middle East and northern Africa. Thousands die as they attempt to find safety in Europe. This installation, an artwork not a documentary, comprises almost an hour of video footage of migrants and refugees making their perilous journey.

Writing out anti-bourgeois art Matthew Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:31

Hugh Daniels reviews Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932, at the Royal Academy until 17 April.

John Berger and seeing politically AWL Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:50

Since the death of John Berger on 2 January the bourgeois press has squirmed over the task of commemorating a major public figure who was also a lifelong Marxist. Some have responded by simply attacking him.

Autocollants: the public face of the activist cathy n Tue, 12/02/2014 - 19:08

Workers' Liberty has produced a set autocollants (political stickers, widely used in other countries but not until now in Britain: see here)

In his book on autocollants, Zvonimir Novak argues that in France, progressively over the last 40 years, the autocollant has become the “means of expression of those who do not have access to the mainstream media”.

William Morris in political context AWL Tue, 11/25/2014 - 18:41

The William Morris exhibition Anarchy & Beauty at the National Portrait Gallery is well worth a visit for anyone interested in Morris, his art, and the late nineteenth-century socialist movement.

The gothic reaction to industrial capitalism AWL Tue, 11/11/2014 - 17:41

What have Karl Marx, Dracula, a modern robotic production line and St Pancras station got in common? According to Andrew Dixon they all have more then a touch of the gothic about them.

In this three part series, Dixon makes a convincing and fascinating case that the gothic sensibility has become a way of responding to and critiquing industrial capitalism and the urbanism, technology and pollution that comes with it.

Between art and activism AWL Tue, 10/07/2014 - 18:31

As the Labour and Conservative parties staged their annual conferences, an exhibition entitled Politika: Art & the Affairs of the City was staged in a former cotton mill in Ancoats, Manchester.

Curated by the “insurgent art activist” collective Upper Space, 20 artists put on a programme of workshops, speakers and activities “to generate starting points for an answer, another view, in order to to sustain another ideology against consumerism and the disempowerment that it represents”.

The artist as a revolutionary AWL Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:24

James D Yound reviews 'CLR James: a political biography'

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Art and Anarchy AWL Tue, 06/17/2014 - 17:42

According to the curators Paul Gravett and John Harris Dunning and artistic director David McKean, the exhibition explores the British Library’s collection of comics and plumbs the depths of private collections, to show the history of British sequential art, as well as its writers and artists. It partially succeeds.

The curators wanted to show the political history of comics, the medium’s ability to subvert, and its role as a medium for analysing class, sexuality and ethnicity, not to mention the many occasions when it has become the subject of political battles.