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Using art to examine Obama legacy

Using art to examine Obama legacy

The valedictions for Barack Obama’s presidency are being prepared. Perhaps few will have the romanticism of the epic labor that New York artist Rob Pruitt has been preparing daily over the past eight years. By the time Obama steps down on 21 January 2017, there will be some 3,000 red […]

TRUMP AND THE TYRANS OF ANCIENT ROME

TRUMP AND THE TYRANS OF ANCIENT ROME

He looks like a strong man, the strongest. Holding a huge club to beat his enemies with, the Roman emperor Commodus wears a lion skin over his bearded, empty-looking face in a marble portrait bust made in the second century AD, which is one of the treasures of Rome’s Capitoline […]

John Berger, art critic and author, In Memoriam

John Berger, art critic and author, In Memoriam

John Berger, who died on Monday January, 2, wrote and said a lot of smart things, but he will be remembered longest for his 1972 BBC television series and book Ways of Seeing. The TV series belongs to the pixelated past, but the brilliantly designed book published alongside it by […]

Art Revolutionaries

Art Revolutionaries

An exhibition (Art Revolutionaries, 6 Duke Street, London SW 1, from 18 January-10 February 2017) coming to London in January will attempt to recreate the impact of the Spanish pavilion of 1937, a little gallery built as cheaply as possible at the Paris International Exposition by Spain’s republican government at […]

US, Russia, Trump and Museums

US, Russia, Trump and Museums

Mikhail Piotrovsky, the director of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, is optimistic that museum loans between Russia and the US can begin again soon. Piotrovsky spoke to The Art Newspaper (January 2017) as the US Senate voted to pass new legislation that will protect works of art on […]

Wassily Kandinsky, also engraver

Wassily Kandinsky, also engraver

Born on December 16, 1866 in Moscow (Russia), Wassily Kandinsky was a painter, printmaker, stage designer, art theorist, and a central artist in the development of 20th century abstract art. Kandinsky studied economics, ethnography and law in Moscow from 1886 to 1893, and wrote a dissertation on the legality of […]

Nativity, and/or visions of Apocalypse?

Nativity, and/or visions of Apocalypse?

Nativity scenes are the art we see at Christmas, often on cards that put a masterpiece on the mantelpiece. Baby its cold outside, so let’s warm our hearts with a bit of Piero della Francesca or Brueghel. Yet we close our eyes to the reality of this art. We turn […]

An artist in power

An artist in power

You could debate which country has the most ornate government office: the gilded Elysée, the fortress like Kremlin, the hulking Great Hall of the People in Beijing. But no leader has an office quite like Edi Rama, the prime minister of Albania. Covering the walls of his office in Tirana […]

It’s Christmas

It’s Christmas

Hello! Christmas is coming, but, what is Christmas? Christmas is, or perhaps it’s better to say Christmas should be, a time of spirituality, family, souvenir, a time of quality and intensity to share, to be quiet, to keep calm…A time to see the beauty. For you to enjoy beauty, this […]

Bob Dylan as a visual artist

Bob Dylan as a visual artist

Long before Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature this year, pundits used to talk about “Dylan versus Keats”, as if you had to choose, and as if Dylan’s poetic transformations of folk song are really so different from what John Keats does in his eerie ballad La […]