Art & Photographic Exhibitions
How the ruling elite sought to suppress revolution
By Paul Mitchell, 22 February 2019
As one progresses around the exhibition it becomes clear that the main concern of British imperialism in the post-war period was to overturn the real “renewal” represented by the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and the “better world” beginning in Russia (none of which, incidentally, is shown in the exhibition).
An exhibition of the great 17th century Dutch painter
By David Walsh, 17 January 2019
The Dutch “Golden Age” produced a host of extraordinary artistic figures, including most prominently Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–69), Hals (c. 1582–1666) and Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675).
By Verena Nees, 22 December 2018
Her work deserves to be exhibited in one of Germany’s or Austria’s major museums, not least because she is the source of the only photographic record of the hiding place of Anne Frank and her family before deportation to Auschwitz.
I object—Ian Hislop’s search for dissent: An exhibition that eradicates socialist ideas and revolutionary action
At the British Museum, London
By Paul Mitchell, 1 December 2018
Would-be satirist Ian Hislop had access to one of the world’s most magnificent collections, in the British Museum, but ends up producing an exercise in political, social and artistic emptiness.
An exhibition at the Manchester Art Gallery
By Paul Mitchell and Margot Miller, 31 July 2018
Until the end of this year, the Manchester Art Gallery exhibition Painting Light and Hope is showing 36 paintings of forgotten Victorian artist Annie Louisa Swynnerton (1844-1933), a native of the city.
By Fred Mazelis, 26 May 2018
The timeliness of this work hardly needs restating amid the social and political crisis on both sides of the Atlantic.
Artists on the Tate Modern’s David King exhibition, Red Star over Russia: “In essence the exhibition was anti-Trotsky”
By our reporters, 3 May 2018
The Tate Modern in London held an exhibition, Red Star Over Russia: A Revolution in Visual Culture 1905-55, from November 8, 2017 to February 18, 2018. The show used items from the David King collection, but adopted a hostile stance toward the October Revolution.
John William Waterhouse’s Hylas and the Nymphs (1896) taken down for a week
By Dennis Moore, 13 February 2018
The removal of Hylas and the Nymphs was never about a “conversation,” as gallery official claimed, it was an open act of censorship. Hundreds of visitors left notes expressing concern. The gallery’s website registered 1,000 comments.
The policies and atmosphere of the second Gilded Age
By Fred Mazelis, 11 January 2018
The new policy embodies what one critic called “the continual degrading and privatizing of public space.”
By Paul Mitchell, 8 January 2018
One could hardly think of a more ignominious outcome for the products of post-Soviet protest art than to end up in the opulent surroundings of the Saatchi Gallery in London’s West End.
The Falsification of David King’s work—Red Star Over Russia: A Revolution in Visual Culture 1905-55 at the Tate Modern in London
By Paul Mitchell, 19 December 2017
The latest British exhibition on the Russian Revolution is another reprehensible attempt to distort its history, including by excising Leon Trotsky.
German Historical Museum exhibition presents the October Revolution as an event of world-historical significance
By Verena Nees, 6 December 2017
“1917. Revolution. Russia and Europe” in Berlin is certainly worth a visit. The exhibition runs until April 15, 2018.
Revoliutsiia! Demonstratsiia! Soviet Art Put to the Test at the Art Institute of Chicago—an introductory comment
Russian Revolutionary art exhibition opened October 29
By Jeff Lusanne and David Walsh, 31 October 2017
Soviet Art Put to the Test offers notable presentation and recreations of creative work in the 1920s-1930s, yet fails to explain the context that is essential to understanding the work.
By Thomas Scripps and Paul Mitchell, 12 August 2017
The exhibition’s handling of sources and events transforms the revolution, which proceeded with a political logic well understood by its leaders, into a hodgepodge of accident and happenstance.
By David Walsh, 10 August 2017
Schutz’s painting of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old black youth murdered in Mississippi in 1955, came under attack in March when it was shown as part of the Whitney Museum’s Biennial in New York City.
By Margot Miller, 3 August 2017
Despite the shortcomings of Ceremony, there is a genuine and positive significance to the placement of a statue of Engels in Manchester, as well as the popular response.
By Gary Alvernia, 28 April 2017
The radicalization of Mexican artists led to the creation of powerful and engaging works that expressed the faith of the artistic community in the revolution of the masses.
Russian revolutionary art exhibition in London excises Trotsky—and, more generally, historical truth
Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932
By Paul Mitchell, 25 February 2017
Curator Natalia Murray’s aim in the Royal Academy exhibition is to pour scorn on and discredit the 1917 October Revolution and to combat the contemporary impact of the works it inspired.
By Clare Hurley, 2 February 2017
This retrospective of 35 years of Marshall’s work, jointly organized by several museums, is welcome and somewhat overdue.
Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
By Josh Varlin, 30 January 2017
The current exhibition in New York is an opportunity to see some of the most influential works from the early Soviet Union.
From the Holocaust to present-day Poland
By Clara Weiss, 11 January 2017
The core exhibition at the recently opened POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw has now marked its second anniversary.
Exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago
By George Marlowe, 5 January 2017
An exhibition in Chicago features the work of a leading Soviet photomontage artist and designer, whose works attacked war, imperialism and fascism.
By Margot Miller, 25 October 2016
In Hedges’s words: “Adequate housing is the basis of a civilised urban society. … The photographs should allow us to celebrate progress, yet all they can do is haunt us with a sense of failure.”
By Stefan Steinberg, 20 October 2016
Central to Peter Weiss’s work were the seminal experiences of the twentieth century––the crimes of fascism, the October Revolution and its subsequent betrayal by the Stalinist bureaucracy.
By Clare Hurley, 29 August 2016
While much of the artwork is as yet unsatisfying, it is welcome that many of these visual artists are registering awareness of the social and political crisis.
By C.W. Rogers, 20 August 2016
Don’t Blink––Robert Frank, is a very personal and generally engaging documentary of the life and career of the acclaimed photographer and filmmaker.
By Dorota Niemitz, 21 June 2016
Labor Relations at the Wrocław Contemporary Museum in Poland is drawn from the museum’s international art collection.
By Ross Mitchell and Paul Mitchell, 26 April 2016
The stated intention of the organisers is to give visitors “the opportunity to (re)discover” the “revolutionary artist” Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863).
An exhibition at the Field Museum in Chicago
By Leah Jeresova, 2 April 2016
A stunning exhibition of ancient Greek culture, some 500 artifacts in all, is now at Chicago’s Field Museum and will soon be in Washington, DC.
At the Jewish Museum in New York City
By C.W. Rogers, 6 February 2016
The exhibition examines some of the remarkable photography, magazines, film posters and innovative films produced in the years that followed the October Revolution of 1917.
By Lee Parsons, 26 January 2016
Given the current upsurge of interest in representational imagery, the exhibition of the late work of J.M.W. Turner (1775–1851) at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto is of particular interest.
By Clare Hurley, 18 January 2016
MoMA has given Picasso’s sculpture blockbuster treatment, including more than 140 pieces. The handful of sculptures that are a discovery tend to get lost in the crowd.
Hegel: “In their paintings we can study and get to know men and human nature”
By David Walsh, 29 October 2015
The exhibition is not huge, but its 75 paintings from 40 institutions in the US, Canada and Europe, a third of which have not been seen in the US before, were thoughtfully chosen.
Change the World or Go Home by Alejandro Almanza Pereda
By Jeff Lusanne, 14 September 2015
The American public’s access to Mexican artist Diego Rivera’s murals has never been easy, as their social and political content has provoked opposition in powerful circles. Now, an artist joins the effort, with little to offer in return.
Exhibition in London
By Paul Mitchell, 12 September 2015
The show is an opportunity to see the compassionate and humorous photographs of working class life by someone whose work rarely reached a wider audience during her own lifetime.
By Christine Schofelt, 29 August 2015
Spielman is not given to the current fetish for “Ruins Photography.” There is no romanticism in these pages.
By Kelly Taylor, 26 August 2015
Coming through the main gates into Dismaland, the spectator is confronted with a vision of a world that is terribly sick.
By Clare Hurley, 6 June 2015
Wiley copies European Old Masters paintings, substituting African Americans in contemporary garb in the poses of aristocrats and other wealthy figures of power and privilege.
“Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit,” at the Detroit Institute of Arts
By Tim Rivers and David Walsh, 21 April 2015
Along with much fascinating material, the current exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts on the 11 months the famed Mexican artists spent in the city has some very troubling and wrongheaded aspects.
Exhibition at New York’s Morgan Library
By Fred Mazelis, 13 March 2015
An exhibition of letters and speeches makes the US Civil War and the role of Abraham Lincoln come alive.
The horrors of war depicted
By Margot Miller, 6 March 2015
The gallery assembled both contemporary and historical art, adding to its already substantial collection of WWI art exhibits.
By Virginia Smith, 3 February 2015
Three recent or current exhibitions in New York City present the work of photographers who stop time and allow us to contemplate what they see before their lens.
By Clare Hurley, 12 January 2015
The painter’s range was so diverse that at times it hardly seems the work of a single person.
Art Gallery of Ontario exhibition
By Lee Parsons, 8 December 2014
The Art Gallery of Ontario has brought together nearly 100 of Colville’s paintings, drawings and prints, the largest number ever in a single exhibit.
By Fred Mazelis, 5 December 2014
A moving and powerful exhibit at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery showcases the remarkable work of a little known black South African, Ernest Cole.
Exhibition at the Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo
By John Watanabe, 3 December 2014
The recent exhibition in Tokyo included some 180 early Soviet posters, which have remarkable artistic and historic significance.
“The real question is: does your art speak to the times and ask serious questions?”
By Richard Phillips, 1 December 2014
Errol Sawyer discusses his early career and influences and the responsibilities facing photographic artists today.
By Fred Mazelis, 25 September 2014
“Over Here: WWI and the Fight for the American Mind” describes the way in which propaganda and mass media “were used to shape and control public opinion about the war” a century ago.
Truth and Memory at the Imperial War Museum, London, until March 2015
By Tom Pearse, 6 September 2014
A major retrospective at the Imperial War Museum London features the work of British artists sent to capture the reality of the First World War.
“I was really thinking just of my picture, instead of what life is really like”
By Seraphine Collins, 8 August 2014
The exhibition of the well-known fashion photographer’s work opened June 20 at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and will run through September 7.
By Clare Hurley, 28 June 2014
The work of the African American artist (born 1953) has been widely praised for its examination of race, gender and class. “Class” now comes in a distant third.
By Clare Hurley, 25 June 2014
As an artistic movement, Futurism was not much more than an Italian variant of other European modernist trends.
At the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto
By Lee Parsons, 21 June 2014
Two of the most prominent British artists of the modern period—a rare and unlikely pairing—are brought together in this exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Losing the Human Form: A seismic image of the 1980s in Latin America
By Armando Cruz, 10 April 2014
The exhibition, presented in Madrid in 2012 and recently in Lima, Peru, is a fascinating compilation of works from the 1980s that voiced opposition to the militarized regimes in Latin America.
By Darshana Medis and Panini Wijesiriwardane, 4 April 2014
Thenuwara’s show partially revealed a post-war Sri Lanka reality that the government wants to hide.
By Paul Mitchell, 17 February 2014
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to Spanish artist Eugenio Merino, who is being sued by the National Francisco Franco Foundation for offending the honour of the fascist dictator.
By Paul Mitchell, 13 December 2013
Art Turning Left exhibits many interesting works, but the last 200 years of “left” art are presented as an undifferentiated and unbroken continuum of “left-wing values.”
On the 80th anniversary of the DIA’s Rivera Court
By Tim Rivers, 30 September 2013
An exhibition of 14 mural panels commemorating the completion eighty years ago, in March 1933, of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry frescoes opened September 4 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
By Clare Hurley, 28 September 2013
The latest installment of the Los Angeles-based artist’s ongoing project adds twelve chapters to what will be a complete English transcription of the Muslim sacred text illustrated with scenes of contemporary American life.
By Tim Rivers and David Walsh, 5 September 2013
The murals at the DIA, which Diego Rivera later asserted were his favorite works, represent an artistic coming to terms with modern life and its implications that is almost without parallel.
An exhibition at the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht, Netherlands
By Sybille Fuchs, 17 August 2013
A recently concluded exhibition of paintings in Maastricht offered a dazzling insight into a fascinating period of artistic turmoil in tsarist Russia.
By Paul Bond, 20 July 2013
The Cluster Project, under the general directorship of Bob Paris, is an online gallery and blog hosting multimedia artworks exploring “weapons, war, civilian casualties and pop culture.”
By Vince Ostroweicz, 2 May 2013
The Oceanside, California public library recently presented an exhibition of the works of Indian-born painter Arun Prem.
By Tim Tower, 22 March 2013
The exhibition of Bellows’ work offers a vivid picture of the burgeoning American powerhouse during the first decades of the twentieth century.
By Clare Hurley, 12 January 2013
The two extraordinary shows are reminders that drawings offer a pleasure quite distinct from that represented by the grander mediums of painting and sculpture.
Exhibition of photographer Agustí Centelles in Barcelona: Many unanswered questions about the Spanish Civil War
By Paul Mitchell, 22 October 2012
A comment on an exhibition of photographs of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) at the Fundació Vila Casas in Barcelona.
By Jeff Lusanne, 27 September 2012
After a six-year hiatus, Chicago was once again host in 2012 to an international art fair, Expo Chicago. The event was held September 20-23 in the massive Festival Hall at Navy Pier.
By Paul Bond, 7 August 2012
London’s Tate Modern art gallery is hosting a temporary exhibition of John Heartfield’s political photomontages from the 1930s, drawn mainly from the collection of British photojournalist David King.
By Marge Holland, 20 July 2012
A visitor hoping to get a new perspective on the political and social significance of the year 1968 from the current exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California will find that hope unfulfilled.
Exhibition of Russian-Soviet artist Vladimir Tatlin in Basel—Part 6
By Sybille Fuchs and Marianne Arens, 30 June 2012
This is the sixth and final article in a series devoted to an exhibition at the Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland of works by Vladimir Tatlin (1885-1953), one of the most important artists of the Russian and Soviet avant-garde.
Exhibition of Russian-Soviet artist Vladimir Tatlin in Basel—Part 5
By Sybille Fuchs and Marianne Arens, 28 June 2012
This is the fifth of six articles devoted to an exhibition at the Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland of works by Vladimir Tatlin (1885-1953), one of the most important artists of the Russian and Soviet avant-garde.
Exhibition of Russian-Soviet artist Vladimir Tatlin in Basel—Part 4
By Sybille Fuchs and Marianne Arens, 25 June 2012
This is the fourth of six articles devoted to an exhibition at the Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland of works by Vladimir Tatlin (1885-1953), one of the most important artists of the Russian and Soviet avant-garde.
Exhibition of Russian-Soviet artist Vladimir Tatlin in Basel—Part 3
By Sybille Fuchs and Marianne Arens, 21 June 2012
This is the third of six articles devoted to an exhibition at the Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland of works by Vladimir Tatlin (1885-1953), one of the most important artists of the Russian and Soviet avant-garde.
Exhibition of Russian-Soviet artist Vladimir Tatlin in Basel—Part 2
By Sybille Fuchs and Marianne Arens, 20 June 2012
This is the second of six articles devoted to an exhibition at the Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland, of works by Vladimir Tatlin (1885-1953), one of the most important artists of the Russian and Soviet avant-garde. .
Exhibition of Russian-Soviet artist Vladimir Tatlin in Basel—Part 1
By Sybille Fuchs and Marianne Arens, 19 June 2012
The Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland is currently holding an exhibition dedicated to the works of Vladimir Tatlin (1885-1953), one of the most important artists of the Russian and Soviet avant-garde. This is the first of six articles.
By Lee Parsons, 6 June 2012
The current exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario is the largest of painter Pablo Picasso’s work to be held in Canada in almost 50 years.
Stormbelt exhibition in Toronto—a dark journey through America’s Sun Belt
By Lee Parsons, 29 May 2012
Raised in Canada, now living and working in Europe, Robert Leslie is an artist of genuinely humane sensibilities, as his recent photographic work illustrates.
Survey of contemporary art
By Clare Hurley, 24 May 2012
The Whitney Biennial in New York City continues to be one of the most prestigious survey exhibits of contemporary art.
By Wolfgang Weber, 12 April 2012
The exhibition “Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture from 1915 to 1935” opened at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin on April 5 with a well-attended opening ceremony.
By Clare Hurley, 10 April 2012
American photographer Zoe Strauss is an unusual figure in today’s art world. Her “I-95” project has been a 10-year endeavor to tell an “epic narrative about the beauty and struggle of everyday life.”
By Paul Mitchell, 27 March 2012
The works of painter Joan Miró were recently the subject of a major retrospective exhibition, “The Ladder of Escape”, at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona. The show opens in Washington, D.C. in May.
By Paul Mitchell, 12 January 2012
Royal Academy of Arts, London, until January 22, and Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin—April 5 to July 9, 2012.
By Clare Hurley, 21 December 2011
In 1931 the Museum of Modern Art in New York organized a one-man show of Mexican painter Diego Rivera, for which he painted a number of “freestanding murals.” A current exhibition brings together a number of these murals.
By Joe Silvaggio, 8 November 2011
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto is currently hosting a fascinating exhibition entitled “Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde,” 118 works from the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
By Clare Hurley, 3 November 2011
An exhibition entitled “Ostalgia” at the New Museum in New York City this past summer brought together the work of over 50 artists from the former Soviet Union and Eastern bloc countries.
By Tim Tower, 17 September 2011
Photographs, paintings, models and drawings, reflecting the work of artists, architects, engineers and photographers who were inspired by the Russian revolution of 1917, are on view at La Caixa Forum in Madrid, Spain until September 18.
By Mel Simpson, 9 September 2011
Over seventy leading graffiti and street artists have been brought together in a project to paint ten of Bristol’s central multi-storey buildings in Nelson Street.
Exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario
By Lee Parsons, 8 August 2011
Two exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto once again raise complex questions about the evolution of postwar art.
By Paul Mitchell, 2 August 2011
British figurative painter Lucian Freud, a significant figure in modern art, died July 20 at his home in London at the age of 88.
Powerful depiction of the fate of Burmese migrant workers
By Paul Mitchell, 21 February 2011
“In Search of a Job—Any Job: The Life of Burmese Migrant Workers” is an exhibition of photos by John Hulme at Oxford University’s International Migration Institute showing from February 17.
By Wolfgang Weber, 8 February 2011
Germany’s greatest post-World War II war crime has been comprehensively documented and exhibited by the two journalists who won the trust of the victims’ bereaved relatives.
By Tim Tower, 5 January 2011
Detroit was once synonymous with automobile manufacturing and the dominance of American industry. Today’s cityscape is rife with images of decay. Andrew Moore’s photographs in his Detroit Disassembled give expression to the city’s historical tragedy.
By Lee Parsons, 20 December 2010
The current exhibition of the controversial artist Julian Schnabel at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto attempts to look at the relationship between his paintings and his films.
By Bernd Reinhardt and Sybille Fuchs, 25 November 2010
Recent archaeological excavations in Berlin have unearthed masterpieces of early Modernist art, which were denounced and confiscated by the Nazi regime.
By Tim Tower, 13 November 2010
A version of the following interview with Richard Pare, conducted by Tim Tower of the WSWS, was originally posted in March 2008, Tower and Pare spoke again recently to update the piece to accompany a new exhibition, “Building the Revolution.”
The “Modern” experience of art:
By Clare Hurley, 15 September 2010
The Museum of Modern Art in New York City is one of the most powerful institutions in the international art establishment, mounting “blockbuster” exhibits each year that draw some of the largest crowds of museum-goers in the world, including recent retrospectives of multi-media artists Marina Abramovic and William Kentridge.
By Jesse Olsen and Bernd Reinhard, 14 September 2010
The largest Frida Kahlo retrospective ever presented in Germany was recently on display in Berlin.
By Jesse Olsen and Bernd Reinhardt, 11 September 2010
The largest Frida Kahlo retrospective ever presented in Germany was recently on display in Berlin.
By Jesse Olsen and Bernd Reinhardt, 10 September 2010
The largest Frida Kahlo retrospective ever presented in Germany was recently on display in Berlin. This is the first of a two-part article.
By Danny Richardson, 14 June 2010
The renowned British photographer Donald McCullin’s exhibition Shaped by War, in collaboration with Imperial War Museum (IWM), was recently on display at the IWM North in Manchester.