Visual arts

Refugees season at the Imperial War Museum in London: A century of crises, but the real causes ignored

By Paul Mitchell, 24 November 2020

As to the causes of the continuous refugee crises over the last century, the exhibition answers with the obvious “conflict”, “modern war”, “threats of violence” and “social breakdown” but this begs the question, what causes these phenomena?

On the brink: A photographic examination of social cleansing in London

By Paul Mitchell, 22 October 2020

“My aim is to focus on existing council properties that have been neglected due to the lack of maintenance. It’s imperative to showcase the decay of these buildings as it’s been a deliberate strategy to run them down.”—photographic artist Sarah Douglas

Rick Poynor’s David King: Designer, Activist, Visual Historian: An important new work on the revolutionary socialist, artist and defender of historical truth

By Kevin Reed and David Walsh, 16 October 2020

If David King is not better known, it is attributable largely to the shift to the right in so-called intellectual circles, their hostility to the October Revolution and their growing social indifference.

Dorothea Lange: Words and Pictures: An exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art

By Clare Hurley, 2 May 2020

Lange’s turn to documentary photography was spurred by the Great Depression as she sought to address economic inequality and social injustice through activism and the lens of her camera.

Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991–2011: A significant exhibition at Museum of Modern Art’s contemporary arts center

By Clare Hurley, 13 January 2020

A large-scale group exhibition focused on US violence in the Middle East is currently on display at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York.

UK art exhibition for Julian Assange: “If courage was not contagious, I wouldn’t be here today”

By Paul Bond, 1 November 2019

An Exhibition of Free Expression: Dedicated to the defence and freedom of Julian Assange was recently on view at Monkton Arts, Ryde, Isle of Wight.

Modern art in Germany and the Nazis Part 2: The Die Brücke painters

By Sybille Fuchs, 26 July 2019

The exhibition at the Brücke Museum represents a welcome change in favour of art appreciation based on a critical examination of contemporary history.

“Tarrafal Never Again!” exhibition in Lisbon exposes horrors of Portugal’s fascist concentration camp

By Charles Hixson and Paul Mitchell, 9 April 2019

The museum exhibition includes photographs of the arid, isolated prison, Portuguese government dossiers detailing the lives and deaths of individual prisoners under the most wretched conditions, and moving testimony from survivors.

Major retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York City

“Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again”: The artist who wasn’t there

By Erik Schreiber, 30 March 2019

A recent retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art provided an occasion to re-examine Warhol’s work and evaluate what it means for American and global art.

Don McCullin at Tate Britain in London

Veteran photographer calls on young people to chronicle today’s “social wars”

By Paul Mitchell, 23 March 2019

“There isn’t a city in England you can’t go to and find some poverty and unhappiness and tragedies.”—Don McCullin

How the ruling elite sought to suppress revolution

Renewal: Life after the First World War in Photographs

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

Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion at the Toledo Museum of Art

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).

Her photos shed light on history: The outstanding work of photographer Maria Austria (1915-75)

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.

Annie Swynnerton—a Victorian artist rediscovered but misinterpreted

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.

Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s on view in New York 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.

Public outcry forces Manchester Art Gallery to restore censored painting

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

Metropolitan Museum of Art implements mandatory admission charge for non-New Yorkers

By Fred Mazelis, 11 January 2018

The new policy embodies what one critic called “the continual degrading and privatizing of public space.”

The decline and fall of Russian protest art—“Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism”

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.

British Library exhibition treats Russian Revolution from a hostile standpoint

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.

Another reactionary attack on artist Dana Schutz, this time in Boston—and a healthy response

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.

Ceremony: The journey of a statue of Friedrich Engels from Ukraine to Manchester

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.

Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism 1910–1950—a significant exhibition

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.

American painter Kerry James Marshall’s retrospective, Mastry

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

A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde

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.

The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw—Part 2

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

The photomontages of Soviet political artist Aleksandr Zhitomirsky (1907-1993)

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.

Nick Hedges’s photographs reveal what Britain’s slums were like in the 1960s and 1970s

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.”

The false friends of Peter Weiss, German dramatist, filmmaker and novelist

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.

“Political art” in New York City this summer

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.

A portrait of photographer Robert Frank

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.

Issues raised by the “Labor Relations” exhibition at the Wrocław Contemporary Museum

By Dorota Niemitz, 21 June 2016

Labor Relations at the Wrocław Contemporary Museum in Poland is drawn from the museum’s international art collection.

The paintings of Eugène Delacroix at London’s National Gallery

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

The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great

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

“The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film”—an exhibition

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.

J.M.W. Turner and modern art: Comments on an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario

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.

Picasso’s sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York

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”

Seventeenth-century Dutch paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston

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.

Diego Rivera murals in San Francisco—Mostly hidden and obscured

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

Shirley Baker: A compassionate photographer of 1960s working class life

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.

David G. Spielman’s The Katrina Decade—An unsentimental look at how things are now

By Christine Schofelt, 29 August 2015

Spielman is not given to the current fetish for “Ruins Photography.” There is no romanticism in these pages.

Dismaland, Banksy’s parody theme park: A despairing response to a complex world

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.

Painter Kehinde Wiley at the Brooklyn Museum: Trappings of empire and power

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

In defense of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry frescoes

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

Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation

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

Images of War—Sensory War 1914-2014: An exhibition at Manchester City Art Gallery

By Margot Miller, 6 March 2015

The gallery assembled both contemporary and historical art, adding to its already substantial collection of WWI art exhibits.

A guest reviewer: Quiet, now—three photographers (Salgado, Struth, Atget) in New York

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.

Goya: Order and Disorder: A comprehensive view of the work of the Spanish genius

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.

The veiled art of Alex Colville

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.

Ernest Cole Photographer—A searing look at apartheid South Africa

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.

“Seeking for Utopia”—or were they? The Russian avant-garde and Soviet modernism in posters

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?”

Veteran photographer Errol Sawyer talks with the World Socialist Web Site

By Richard Phillips, 1 December 2014

Errol Sawyer discusses his early career and influences and the responsibilities facing photographic artists today.

New York Public Library exhibition on US entry into World War I

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.

World War I remembered through British art

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.

Bruce Weber’s Detroit: “Projection” as truth?

“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.

“Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video” at New York’s Guggenheim Museum

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.

“Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe” at the Guggenheim Museum in New York

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

Making sense of human suffering: Francis Bacon and Henry Moore — Terror and Beauty

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.

Artistic resistance to the US-backed juntas

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.

Beautification: An exhibition by Sri Lankan artist Chandraguptha Thenuwara

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.

Spanish artist sued for insulting fascist dictator Franco

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.

Art Turning Left at the Tate Liverpool: An ambitious but problematic collection of “left-wing” art

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

Museum show misrepresents Detroit’s crisis and history

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.

Sandow Birk’s American Qur’an: Scenes of contemporary American life

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.

Eighty years of the Diego Rivera murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts

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.

“The Big Change: Revolutions in Russian painting, 1895-1917”

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.

The Cluster Project: Artists against cluster bombing of civilians

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.”

Oceanside, California exhibition of painter Arun Prem

By Vince Ostroweicz, 2 May 2013

The Oceanside, California public library recently presented an exhibition of the works of Indian-born painter Arun Prem.

The feverish pulse of the early 20th century: George Bellows, American modernist

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.

The impact of drawing: Two exhibitions of master drawings in New York

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.

Expo Chicago: Money and art mingle, with little benefit to art

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.

London’s Tate Modern shows photomontages of John Heartfield

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.

“The 1968 Exhibit” in Oakland: What was that year really about?

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

An interview with Anna Szech, art historian at the Museum Tinguely

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

An interview with Gian Casper Bott, curator of the Tatlin exhibition

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

Interview with Dmitrii Dimakov, expert on Tatlin’s work

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

WSWS arts editor David Walsh on Vladimir Tatlin and the October Revolution

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

An interview with Roland Wetzel, director of the Museum Tinguely

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

Tatlin’s “new art for a new world”

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.

Pablo Picasso at the Art Gallery of Ontario: An artist apart

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

An interview with photographer Robert Leslie

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

The 2012 Whitney Biennial in New York City

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.

Opening of the “Building the Revolution” exhibition in Berlin

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.

An exhibition of photographer Zoe Strauss in Philadelphia

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.”

Joan Miró: An artist “in the service of mankind”

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.

Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935

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.

Diego Rivera at the Museum of Modern Art: Then and now—revolutionary art for revolutionary times

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.

“Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde” at the Art Gallery of Ontario

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.

“Ostalgia”: Art from the Stalinist and post-Stalinist bloc, 1960s to the present

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.

An exhibition of Russian and Soviet modernism makes its way across Europe

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.

Britain: Bristol’s street art project sidelines social comment

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

Robert Motherwell and the Abstract Expressionists

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.

Lucian Freud: “A life of uncertainty and loneliness” … and enduring insights

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.

“In Search of a Job—Any Job”

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.