Grayson Perry’s Divided Britain leaves viewers none the wiser (review)

Grayson Perry graced television screens this week with the one-off Channel 4 documentary “Divided Britain”. Throughout this 45 minute showing the Turner Prize winning artist sets out to explore the divided nature of Britain’s culture in the context of Brexit and the general election.  The show opens with Perry, a Labour supporting remain-voter, laying his politics on the … Continue reading Grayson Perry’s Divided Britain leaves viewers none the wiser (review)

A History of Plunder: The Benin Bronzes

In December, 1896 a trading expedition led by British Vice Consul General James R. Phillips set off for Benin City, the capital of the Edo empire which lies in modern day Nigeria. A messenger sent ahead of the group reached the King of Benin (the Edo capital) heralding the arrival of the Europeans. King Ovanramwen, … Continue reading A History of Plunder: The Benin Bronzes

Culture Is a Vital Battlefield in the Fight Against Trump

Just over a month since taking office Donald Trump’s early administration has been defined by anti-immigrant sentiment and widespread bigotry both in and out of the political system. Across the country xenophobe and racists have become emboldened by an establishment that is normalising hate speech and intolerance against immigrants and refugees. Earlier this week white … Continue reading Culture Is a Vital Battlefield in the Fight Against Trump

Tate Britain to hold UK’s first major exhibition dedicated to LGBTQ artists

Tate Britain has announced plans this week for the UK’s first major exhibition dedicated to queer British art. The exhibition, which will launch in April, will feature LGBTQ artists from the 19th and 20th century, and is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. Featuring a … Continue reading Tate Britain to hold UK’s first major exhibition dedicated to LGBTQ artists

Review: Revolution: Russian Art (1917-1932) at The Royal Academy

Вся власть советам! (All power to the Soviets) declares the revolutionary banner that greets visitors to the Royal Academy’s latest exhibition. Starting immediately as it means to go on, the collection attempts to tell the story of Russian art in the transformative 15 years following the Bolshevik revolution. Largely inspired by the 100th anniversary of … Continue reading Review: Revolution: Russian Art (1917-1932) at The Royal Academy