Looking at an amalgamation of political ideas can be disorientating at the best of times. Trying to encompass a whole, global set of standard ideologies is ambitious but dizzyingly incomprehensible for one singular gallery space. Art Turning Left at Tate Liverpool aims to look at the, often naively inversed, relationship between the effects of left-wing ideologies on the practice and reception of artists of all … Continue reading Art Turning Left – How Values Changed Making 1789-2013 (Tate Liverpool).
This article was written at 3AM in the morning on the 28th of October. It’s dark outside. A few hours ago I was at an exhibition with a running theme of ideas that manifest at 3AM in the morning. Strangely, the solitude of writing at 3AM isn’t something new but the exhibition at Bluecoat aims to provoke such thoughts that occur during this time. Of … Continue reading 3AM: Wonder, Paranoia and the Restless Night – The Bluecoat (Liverpool).
There are few artists that sum up the monumental changes and events of the last century quite as succinctly as Marc Chagall. There have of course been artists to define events and define eras but Chagall’s consistency and unprecedented long life (living to the astronomical age for an artist of the era of 98) seem to lend him a certain advantage, especially in showing the … Continue reading Chagall, Modern Master – Tate Liverpool.
When viewing the recent Tracing the Century exhibition at Tate Liverpool, one of the real standout pieces were three video installations by South African artist William Kentridge. For those after more of those dark and foreboding prints, The Bluecoat have amassed an excellent collection of his artwork and prints; a collection so big that the entire of their exhibition space is dedicated to his work. … Continue reading A Universal Archive – William Kentridge As Printmaker (The Bluecoat, Liverpool)
Drawing is perhaps the most universal of art forms. With its tools being the most easily available and not restricted by price or practice, it seems to be the most welcoming and inviting of mediums. With this in mind, it perhaps also explains why drawing often leads to some of the most interesting, subversive works and why it can change so much in contemporary art. … Continue reading Tracing the Century – Tate Liverpool.
The more playful aspects of the work on show at FACT for The Unexpected Guest should completely disarm even the sternest and most serious of critics. That’s not to say the work in general isn’t serious but the more successful works on show have a gleam of charm around them which takes to task some of the more stuffy aspects of art and, more importantly, … Continue reading The Unexpected Guest – FACT (Liverpool Biennial 2012)