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Artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen’s epic Year 3 project brings together more than 3000 class portraits from over 1500 primary schools to commemorate a most formative time in a child’s educational life. The result, says our writer Shamini Sriskandarajah, is at once illuminating and moving.
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Millais’ painting, Ophelia, continues to inspire viewers and critics alike, but what if the heroine came back from the watery grave she was condemned to? Here, Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou considers the return of Ophelia in the artwork of Jada Bruney and Rolake Osabia, and the music visuals of Christine and the Queens.
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During lockdown, Julia Bagguley found solace and hope in her garden. Here, in the twenty-fifth postcard of the series, she reflects on another gardener, Gertrude Jekyll, as captured in William Nicholson’s portrait.
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Kathryn Cutler-MacKenzie reflects on the seminal work, The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist, 1988, by Guerrilla Girls, and calls for women in the art world to be more politically engaged and active in their practise.
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Toni Roberts discusses how Mona Hatoum’s radiant red sculpture, Hot Spot III, 2009, has become a relevant work of art during her time in lockdown and a metaphor for our cage-like existence.
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In her third piece from a self-conceived series, Rochelle Roberts reflects on Eileen Agar’s Angel of Anarchy, 1936-40, a striking and evocative object that embodies current feelings of sadness, inaccessibility and loneliness.
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Dismissed in his lifetime as mad, William Blake is now lauded as a visionary genius, one whose art and poetry have influenced many generations of creatives. Shamini Sriskandarajah visits Tate Britain’s recent retrospective to find out why.
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A pioneer of video art and a foreseer of communication in the age of the internet, visionary artist Nam June Paik is celebrated in Tate Modern’s latest exhibition.
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Tate Modern’s latest retrospective of the Russian avant-garde artist, Natalia Goncharova, is a triumph of colour, style and artistic brilliance, writes our arts contributor Gabriela Frost.
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Tate’s latest exhibition, Van Gogh and Britain, reveals the extent to which the artist was inspired by British culture and in turn, influenced it. In her review, Jo Hemmings asks why we’re still captivated by Van Gogh and his work.
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A knock at the door reawakens Professor Spencer from her reveries over the ancient Greek poet, Sappho. In this lush & poetic fragment of flash fiction, Kate Ellis celebrates the heated passions of women for women in literature and throughout history.
Read More “‘Anactoria’ by Kate Ellis, Joint Second Place in the Lucy Writers Flash Fiction Competition”
Greek myths and Arthurian legends are colourfully brought to life in Tate Britain’s latest exhibition, Edward Burne-Jones.
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