Violence and representation

In the wake of the controversy over Dana Schutz’s painting Open Casket, my comment on an artist’s right to make images of other peoples’ suffering, for artreview.com What effect can paintings have on politics? It’s a recurring, never-really-resolved question, since as an artform, the history of painting is one in which the question of its power as… Continue reading Violence and representation

David Hockney: Sixty Years of Work

Tate Britain, 9 February – 29 May   If there’s one overarching sensibility running through this retrospective of David Hockney’s work spanning six decades, it’s not necessarily the artist’s much-touted commitment to the ways of best representing the visible world, or indeed the emphasis the Tate want to put – in the fiftieth anniversary year… Continue reading David Hockney: Sixty Years of Work

Review: Hannah Sawtell at Vilma Gold, London

My discussion of Hannah Sawtell's show RE PETITIONER IN ZERO TIME for Art-Agenda "The building, superimposed on the larger sequence of the pre/post-historic wasteland, is of a factory of sorts, a place for the production of political ideology, at a time when working people’s actions had a direct effect on the world. The building stands in for the… Continue reading Review: Hannah Sawtell at Vilma Gold, London