The artist best known for The Kiss and The Thinker infused dumb matter with passionate emotions, as The Making of Rodin at Tate Modern reveals.
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The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #ChosetoChallenge. If there was one person about whom this could be said it was Larissa Reisner. This legendary woman was at the very juncture of the worst and best in humanity. A new translation of her war despatches, The Hammer and the Anvil, evokes a key […]
Frederick Engels was Karl Marx’s closest friend and collaborator. In the light of the ongoing ecological crisis and Covid-19 pandemic, Engels’ Dialectics of Nature takes on a new significance. So it is good that Kaan Kangal, currently a philosophy scholar at Nanjing University in China, has made a new study of Engels’ work. As Kangal […]
John Bellamy Foster’s epic account explains how the the concept of a dialectics of nature was crucial in the development of ecological thought.
81-year jazz legend Joe McPhee talks to Corinna Lotz about how the pandemic has changed his life and his music
Artists in Quarantine No.7 Painting and drawing make Julie Held feel alive and with the world. An intensely social person, she belongs to several artists’ organisations including the London Group. So now she is aching.
Artists in Quarantine No.6 A second wave of infections, more quarantines, lockdowns, as the invisible virus searches for new hosts. Uncertainty about what the future has in store. When will we meet friends and family again? Sculptor and multi-media artist Caroline Pick’s recent evolution can be seen as a metaphor for this moment of […]
Artists in Quarantine No.5 So much has changed that going out to see things and meet people, let alone see and touch real physical art works has the taste of forbidden fruit. No one of us has ever experienced what now appears as a dystopia come true. The possibility of re-infection is ever present, and […]
Oh no, not another Impressionism show! Gauguin again? Is this to pull in the punters with a bankable display of old favourites? Recycling the reliable? Well, actually no. The first major London show to open since the pandemic is not a spectacular blockbuster. Instead it’s an intimate and moving experience. Beautifully displayed in the Royal […]
Artists in Quarantine No.4 Invisible to the naked eye, the Covid-19 virus seems an impossible subject for an artist stimulated by the visual world around her/him. And yet for David Downes the ‘Covids’ became a source of inspiration.
Artists in Quarantine No. 3 “Far away from the merry-go-round of the market place, the only reasoning is to keep going on and stay safe” Since the March lockdown Peter Clossick’s life has been cloistered. He has not left his house, apart from a few car journeys for food “click and collects”, to protect not only […]
Artists in Quarantine No. 2 The Freud Museum was the perfect location. An artist who plumbs the depths of the human psyche and one of the most distinguished psychotherapists of our time were to have a public conversation. The theme? Oil paint on canvas as “a metaphor for the disintegration of personality and self”. Frances […]
Artists under Quarantine: The first in a new series by Corinna Lotz When the coronavirus pandemic broke out, Michele del Campo felt he could not bear to carry on painting in the same way as before. The extremity of the moment drove him to reconsider. “The alarming situation of the pandemic and being forced into […]
We are locked down, and yet the wealth of offerings via digital platforms has blossomed to extraordinary proportions. It’s truly an embarrassment of riches. Artists, performers, galleries, museums and television producers are making use of video-conferencing, pod casting and Instagram in ways that we could not have possibly imagined. This week, on the occasion of […]
King Charles II, his red cape borne aloft by cherubs, sits enthroned on a mound of prancing steeds, muscular servants, tritons and nymphs. So what is this crazy hodge-podge painted by the Neapolitan artist Antonio Verrio all about? Verrio’s Sea Triumph, a forerunner of Britannia Rules the Waves, depicts the King as a triumphant victor, […]