THE LIFE OF JULIE COPE: GRAYSON PERRY

A PERFECT MATCH - GRAYSON PERRY, 2015

Grayson Perry is exhibiting THE LIFE OF JULIE COPE at Colchester’s Firstsite gallery, in his home county of Essex. Perry describes Julie’s tale as representing ‘the trials, tribulations, celebrations and mistakes of an average life’, by portraying Julie’s life through tapestries, woodcuts, sketchbooks and an audio telling of her story. Seeing the smallest of details being studied and celebrated led me to reflect on other life cycles – I considered that of the gallery and the artist as well as that of the visitors. Firstsite is a relatively new gallery…

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE: THICK TIME

UNTITLED (BICYCLE WHEEL II) - WILLIAM KENTRIDGE, 2012

From the moment you step into ‘Thick Time‘ by South African artist William Kentridge, it is easy to understand why this new exhibition at The Whitechapel Gallery holds such broad appeal. It is bold, dramatic, visionary and nostalgic, making art accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. The many children present seem to love it. The common denominators of the six large scale installations are themes incorporated in most of his works: time, space and history. The mesmerising whirlwind of theatrical compositions manages not to lose sight of the details whilst upscaling the spectacle. ‘The Refusal…

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…