Art Turning Left – How Values Changed Making 1789–2012

Art Turning Left – How Values Changed Making 1789–2012

July 25th, 2013 | Art History, Politics, Propaganda, Shows

Art Turning Left is the first exhibition to examine how the production and reception of art has been influenced by left-wing values, from the French Revolution to the present day. Displaying works by artists including Paul Signac, William Morris, Guy Debord and Guerilla Girls, Art… Read More

The Art of Influence: Asian Propaganda at the British Museum

The Art of Influence: Asian Propaganda at the British Museum

July 25th, 2013 | Asia, Politics, Propaganda, Shows

For thousands of years, rulers have used propaganda to promote their authority, build support for wars and strengthen control over their states. However, propaganda may also come from the grass roots—individuals or organizations expressing patriotism or resistance. The Art of Influence: Asian Propaganda (until 1… Read More

Taiwan to loan art to China amid warming ties

Taiwan to loan art to China amid warming ties

July 25th, 2013 | China, Museums, News, Politics, Taiwan

Taiwan plans to loan for the first time a treasured painting to China in yet another sign of warming ties between the two former bitter rivals, officials said Thursday. Previously, Chinese requests to borrow nationally important cultural relics have been rejected as Taiwan feared the… Read More

Facebook campaign demands Syria free jailed artist Youssef Abdelke

Facebook campaign demands Syria free jailed artist Youssef Abdelke

July 21st, 2013 | Contemporary Art, Politics, Syria

The wife of acclaimed Syrian artist Youssef Abdelke, whose works are displayed in museums around the world, appealed for his release on Saturday, after his arrest by regime security forces. He had been arrested at a security checkpoint in the western port city of Tartus… Read More

Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age, 2001-2012

Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age, 2001-2012

July 18th, 2013 | Graphic Art, Politics, Propaganda, Shows

As a medium for social change, posters record our struggles for peace, social justice, environmental defense, and liberation from oppression. From the confrontational and political, to the promotional, persuasive and educational, the poster in all its forms has persisted as a vehicle for the public… Read More

Russia censors Olympic-themed art ahead of Sochi 2014

Russia censors Olympic-themed art ahead of Sochi 2014

June 21st, 2013 | Censorship, Politics, Russia, Sports

One of Russia’s most prominent modern art figures has been fired after refusing to allow an exhibit examining the darker side of the Sochi Olympics to be axed by censors. Albina Kovalyova reports for NBC News that “Marat Guelman, a gallery curator, was dismissed as… Read More

Germany, Russia clash over ‘looted art’

Germany, Russia clash over ‘looted art’

June 21st, 2013 | Art Theft, Politics, Russia, Shows

A disagreement over artefacts is overshadowing a visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel to St Petersburg, for a Russia-organized economic forum. An evening exhibition opening with President Vladimir Putin has been canceled at first. German chancellery spokesman Steffen Seibert said German and Russian officials had decided… Read More

Fears over Istanbul Biennial as violence in Gezi Park continues

Fears over Istanbul Biennial as violence in Gezi Park continues

June 11th, 2013 | Festivals, News, Politics, Turkey

The Istanbul International Arts and Culture Festival has already been postponed due to the sensitivity of the current situation in Turkey. Many art galleries in Istanbul, mostly located in the Taksim area, have also canceled their openings and according to the Art Newspaper the organisers… Read More

“Keith Haring: The Political Line” opens in Paris

“Keith Haring: The Political Line” opens in Paris

April 19th, 2013 | Graffiti, Politics, Shows, USA

Citizens of Humanity announces the exhibition, The Political Line — one of the most extensive Keith Haring (1958-1990) retrospectives to date at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. The Political Line will reveal the importance of Haring’s art as visual activism, highlighting… Read More

NOISE – The Art of Protest in Manchester

NOISE – The Art of Protest in Manchester

April 17th, 2013 | England, Festivals, Politics

Re:masters – NOISE Art of Protest invited young people to use their creativity to demonstrate their issues and take inspiration from the most iconic peaceful protests from the last 50 years, by the ‘Masters’ of protest art. The Touring Exhibition & Project Brief The NOISE… Read More