PopMuse: Painting http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2019 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Paint it black: artists of colour breathing new life into 'inert' art form https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/17/paint-it-black-artists-of-colour-breathing-new-life-into-inert-art-form https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/17/paint-it-black-artists-of-colour-breathing-new-life-into-inert-art-form Sun, 17 Nov 2019 19:23:08 UTC Lanre Bakare Arts and culture correspondent at Painting | The Guardian New generation of artists, many of them women, use figurative painting to redress imbalanceA new wave of figurative painters – many of whom are women of colour – are breathing new life into a form that has traditionally been dominated by white male artists and has been described as “anachronistic, inert, crusty”.Joy Labinjo was a star at Frieze London last month. The 24-year-old, who has already had two major solo shows: Recollections at Tiwani Contemporary in London and Our histories cling to us, which is currently on at the Baltic in Gateshead, has become one of the most in-demand young British artists. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Russian artists capture everyday Soviet life – in pictures https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/nov/16/russian-artists-capture-everyday-soviet-life-in-pictures https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2019/nov/16/russian-artists-capture-everyday-soviet-life-in-pictures Sat, 16 Nov 2019 17:00:42 UTC Louisa Streeting at Painting | The Guardian At the height of tensions during the cold war, Russian artists never imagined their work being appreciated outside the eastern bloc. But in 1960 the American art collector Eric Estorick travelled to the Soviet Union and was so taken with the work of artists from Leningrad Experimental Graphics Laboratory that he bought up hundreds of works, exhibiting them at his Grosvenor Gallery in London in 1961. Inspired by that landmark show, the Estorick gallery is now mounting a display of work by 15 such artists. “Estorick recognised the significance of this community even before Russian art historians,” says curator Marie Stock. “These works represent the so-called ‘thaw’ period in the USSR when artists began to express a more authentic and individualised reality of everyday life with their own personal ideas, sincerity and humour.” Lithography from Leningrad: Eric Estorick’s Adventure in Soviet Art, 20 Nov-22 Dec, The Estorick Collection, London N1 Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Anselm Kiefer review – terrifying odyssey through a cursed world https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/15/anselm-kiefer-review-white-cube-bermondsey-london https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/15/anselm-kiefer-review-white-cube-bermondsey-london Fri, 15 Nov 2019 16:21:21 UTC Jonathan Jones at Painting | The Guardian White Cube Bermondsey, LondonIn monumental, vertiginous landscapes encrusted with mud and twigs and bloody axes, Kiefer confronts the mystery of existence and the enduring horror of the HolocaustWhat’s bugging Anselm Kiefer? At 74, he is not only acclaimed and successful, but bubbling over with a creative energy. It flows with the unceasing power of the Rhine through his latest outpouring of 46 monumental new artworks – it’s easy to picture a few Rhinemaidens swimming about. But, at the end, you feel bereft and devastated. Kiefer comes on like a Wagnerian showman only to collapse in unshakeable, incurable melancholy. His horror vacui is real and he knows it: all this art is just a way of putting off that final confrontation with the void.Kiefer has found a new way to represent nature for our age of climate crisis. His new paintings are startling apocalyptic visions of a death-infected earth. They make landscape so immediate, you almost feel twigs crunch underfoot and catch your breath turning to steam in a snowy wood. Then you see an axe in the undergrowth, its rusty blade the colour of blood. The boundless tangle of nature has no chance against the iron edge of human violence. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Judy Chicago review – a soul-baring showdown with the grim reaper https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/15/judy-chicago-review-baltic https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/15/judy-chicago-review-baltic Fri, 15 Nov 2019 15:54:51 UTC Hannah Clugston at Painting | The Guardian Baltic, GatesheadThis stunning show leads us on a fiercely feminist journey from Earth’s creation to a looming ecological armageddonJudy Chicago likes to pull the curtain back on things we’d rather keep hidden. The clatter of curtain hoops and the swoosh of material proceeds childbirth, the arrival of death, the examination of a battered body. For Chicago these subjects are to be painted, photographed, sketched, stitched and hung on gallery walls. It seems likely that she’d fill the lull in dinner-party conversation with a question like: “Will I die screaming in pain?”But Chicago is not interested in making us squirm. Instead she is intrigued by what it means to be alive on this planet in all its gory pain and glory. The survey of her 50-year career at the Baltic is both personal and universal; the voice that narrates Chicago’s fears, anxieties and pleasures finds an echo in my own head. And presumably all of us have wondered how we will greet death.Judy Chicago is at Baltic, Gateshead, 16 November to 19 April. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ The most reviled king ever and the greatest artist alive – the week in art https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/15/the-week-in-art-troy-myth-and-reality-anselm-kiefer-nan-goldin-dora-maar https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/15/the-week-in-art-troy-myth-and-reality-anselm-kiefer-nan-goldin-dora-maar Fri, 15 Nov 2019 11:19:32 UTC Jonathan Jones at Painting | The Guardian Anselm Kiefer teeters on the edge of reality, Nan Goldin tests drugs and memory, and the visions of the weeping icon revealed – all in your weekly dispatchTroy: Myth and RealityThis exhibition promises a fascinating look at how the legends of the Trojan war compare with what archaeology can tell us – does Homer’s Iliad have any factual basis?• British Museum, London, 21 November to 8 March. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Celia Paul’s My Sisters in Mourning: a meditative portrait of a mother's death https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/15/celia-paul-my-sisters-in-mourning https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/15/celia-paul-my-sisters-in-mourning Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:00:04 UTC Skye Sherwin at Painting | The Guardian In this intimate depiction of her family, the artist paints with a contemplative and spiritual airWith its ash-grey palette, the soft sighs of the sitters’ bodies and their self-possession within the group, you don’t need the title to know this is an image of sorrow. Related: Celia Paul on life after Lucian Freud: ‘I had to make this story my own’ Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ A New Way to Earn Money on WordPress.com https://en.blog.wordpress.com/2019/11/12/recurring-payments/ https://en.blog.wordpress.com/2019/11/12/recurring-payments/ Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:00:00 UTC Artur Piszek at The WordPress.com Blog With Recurring Payments, your supporters become your sustainers, and a reliable income stream frees you to push your creative boundaries. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Steve McQueen's school sensation, R2-D2 and a hi-tech Leonardo – the week in art https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/08/steve-mcqueen-school-photo-project-leonardo-immersive-the-week-in-art https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/08/steve-mcqueen-school-photo-project-leonardo-immersive-the-week-in-art Fri, 08 Nov 2019 14:09:36 UTC Jonathan Jones at Painting | The Guardian McQueen puts Britain’s next generation on billboards, droids take over Dundee, and the National Gallery goes inside the mind of Da Vinci – all in your weekly dispatchSteve McQueen Year 3Portraits of an entire generation of young Londoners – displayed on hundreds of billboards across the city – that foreground the future of Britain, just as it prepares to vote in a general election. Read more in this interview. • Tate Britain, London, 12 November to 3 May. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ A spirit the Nazis couldn't erase: Charlotte Salomon: Life? or Theatre? review https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/06/charlotte-salomon-life-or-theatre-review-jewish-museum-london-graphic-autobiography https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/nov/06/charlotte-salomon-life-or-theatre-review-jewish-museum-london-graphic-autobiography Wed, 06 Nov 2019 17:04:37 UTC Jonathan Jones at Painting | The Guardian Jewish Museum, LondonDiscovered after her death at Auschwitz, the artist’s graphic record of her life unfolds in startlingly poignant scenes, from her mother’s graveside to her lover’s bedCharlotte Salomon was murdered in a gas chamber shortly after her arrival at Auschwitz in October 1943. She was 26 and pregnant. Salomon was supposed to be forgotten, erased from history, along with the millions of Jews murdered in the 1940s. But after the defeat of Nazi Germany, her father and stepmother – who in genocide’s lottery survived their daughter – found a cache of her paintings that included one of the most astonishing autobiographical documents of the 20th century. Before she was put on a train to her death, Salomon had set down everything about herself, her family and her world in a coruscating expressionist comic book that she named Life? or Theatre?To be caught up in Salomon’s modern masterpiece is to meet her, love her – and mourn her. Through this intimate visual narrative, we come to know Salomon. Today, we commemorate the victims of the Holocaust with monuments: ranks of concrete blocks or libraries of books closed for ever. But Life? or Theatre? is an open book that makes more sense today than when it was found because it is, in fact, that most contemporary of things: a graphic novel. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ ‘We finished every bottle!’ Berlin's cultural legends on the night the Wall came down https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/nov/05/fall-of-berlin-wall-cultural-luminaries-remember-wim-wenders-ute-lemper-daniel-barenboim https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/nov/05/fall-of-berlin-wall-cultural-luminaries-remember-wim-wenders-ute-lemper-daniel-barenboim Tue, 05 Nov 2019 13:10:16 UTC Interviews by Simon Usborne at Painting | The Guardian It divided families, trapped half a city and symbolised the cold war. Then, 30 years ago this Saturday, the Berlin wall fell. Wim Wenders, Ute Lemper, Daniel Barenboim and more share their memoriesDaniel Barenboim, pianist and conductor who has lived in Berlin since 1991 and is leader of the Berlin State Opera and its Staatskapelle orchestra. I happened to be in Berlin recording Cos� fan tutte with the Philharmoniker. The day after the Wall fell, the orchestra asked if I would do a concert with them on Sunday morning, 12 November. I said yes, on two conditions: it must be free and only for citizens of East Germany. Continue reading... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/