GUERILLA GIRLS: IS IT EVEN WORSE IN EUROPE?

The Guerrilla Girls are a group of feminist activist artists whose aim is to expose the dishonesty in politics, art, film and popular culture. They wear gorilla masks whenever in public thus achieving two goals at once: being easily recognised as a group while granting anonymity to each member. The title of this new work commissioned by the Whitechapel Gallery is a revision of their 1986 poster ‘It’s Even Worse in Europe’. In keeping with their core ambition of highlighting gender and ethnic discrimination as well as corruption and injustice in the art world, they present a summary…

PUNK IN BRITAIN

TIME FOR MAGIC, LOOK TO THE FUTURE, LESSONS FROM THE PAST - JAMIE REID

’Punk: From Chaos to Couture’ at the Metropolitan Art Museum in 2013 had already driven the message home: punk is dead. I should have kept that in mind before visiting ‘Punk in Britain’ at the Galleria Carla Sozzani in Milan. Born as a parallel movement in the USA and Britain around 1976, the punk movement was not just a reaction to the mainstream rock scene which had become tame and unassertive. It also represented a rejection of the nostalgia of the 1970s. The aggressive pursuit of a liberating new identity…

HAS PROTEST ART LOST ITS BITE?

Tom Molloy

In January 1937 the Spanish Republican Government commissioned the exiled painter Pablo Picasso to paint a large mural for the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne at the World’s Fair in Paris. After reading an eyewitness account of the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica on 26 April 1937 by the German Air Force, the painter set to work at a large mural size oil painting which would become simply known as ‘Guernica’. In the 1950s he turned his attention to creating tapestry reproductions of…