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Making Colour exhibition offers a fresh perspective on history of art

08 July 2014
Making colour begins with a quote from the impressionist painter Renoir.  He said, “Without paints in tubes there would have been no Cezanne, no Monet, no Sisley or Pissarro, nothing of what journalists call impressionism.”

Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation - There’s more to culture than our insecure rulers can see

17 June 2014
A new exhibition at the Tate Britain revisits influential critic Kenneth Clark. Annette Mackin argues we should reject his attempt to keep art in the establishment’s hands

Matisse’s colours shone in the century’s darkest hour

29 April 2014
Illness turned Henri Matisse from painter to pioneer of collage. His cut-outs come alive in a landmark exhibition at Tate Modern, says Peter Robinson

Under the Skin is a chance to see a hypnotic and lonely Glasgow through alien eyes

18 March 2014
Under The Skin combines trippy effects, ordinary non-actors and an out of place superstar to make rare and powerful cinema, says Sally Campbell

Ruin Lust exhibition at Tate Britain - What is it about ruins that haunts us?

18 March 2014
Devastation is all the rage these days, with zombie-ridden post-apocalyptic fantasies and lush photographs of urban decay doing a roaring trade in their respective niches. This exhibition traces this modern fascination back through postwar modernism and cities bombed in the Blitz to a 19th century trend for “Ruin Lust”.

Campaign launched for new film—Thirty years on still the enemy within

19 November 2013
A campaign has been launched to support a film uncovering the hidden story of miners and their families during the Great Miners Strike of 1984–85.

Artists and the Mexican Revolution

09 July 2013
The Mexican Revolution in 1910 sparked an explosion of artistic creativity, writes Alex Smith

Marc Chagall's colourful visions of revolution and folklore

25 June 2013
Chagall’s paintings powerfully combine new and traditional artistic techniques, as Tate Liverpool’s new exhibition shows

The Man of Steel who couldn't help his own creators

25 June 2013
 The new Superman film has already made millions, but it took his creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster decades to get paid

I am nobody's Nigger

25 June 2013
These poems are personal and beautiful. Some are painful to read—including Atta’s experience of racism and homophobia. 

Listen to your parents

11 June 2013
In this radio drama ten year old Mark struggles to cope with his violent dad.

The White Queen - ruling families plotting for power

11 June 2013
This is a ten part series based on Philippa Gregory’s historical novels The Cousin’s War, set during the 15th century Wars of the Roses

Behind the Candelabra—Liberace's glittering career spent hiding in plain sight

11 June 2013
New film Behind the Candelabra shows the lengths the pianist Liberace went to hide his sexuality, and the liberation still to be won

Why read Tolstoy?

04 September 2012
A cavalry officer is galloping on a magnificent horse towards certain victory in a steeplechase, watched by the assembled cream of St Peterburg’s aristocracy.

Workers in Glasgow museums, galleries and libraries balloted

02 March 2010
Unison members working in museums, galleries and libraries across Glasgow are to vote on strike action.

Ken Loach’s Kes is a portrait of a boy and an indictment of a system

10 April 2007
Any parent or teacher will know that comprehensive education is under attack from New Labour – the emphasis these days is on tests, selection and league tables.

Jimmy Friell: the Daily Worker cartoonist known as “Gabriel”

07 April 2007
A new exhibition of the work of Glaswegian-born Jimmy Friell has just opened in London. Friell was acknowledged, in the 1930s, as one of Fleet Street’s finest cartoonists, and under the pseudonym Gabriel, he put his humour and his brilliant drawing skills to work for the Communist Party newspaper, the Daily Worker.

Ghosts | War Path | The Mark of Cain

07 April 2007
GhostsDirected by Nick BroomfieldDVD (Tartan Video) £19.99 This excellent film by the documentary maker Nick Broomfield dramatises events leading up to the tragic drowning of 23 Chinese cockle pickers in Morecambe Bay three years ago.

The Russian artists who drew Futurism to the left

31 March 2007
Socialists have often felt rather uncomfortable with Futurism. This Italian art movement, founded in 1909, sang the praises of new technology, aeroplanes and the mass media – but it also exalted war and colonialism.

Tom Fool captures the dynamics of life under capitalism

17 March 2007
When Tom Fool, Franz Xaver Kroetz’s 1978 drama about the implosion of a working class family in West Germany, was staged at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow last November, audiences were astonished by the power of a play that gets right to the heart of family life under capitalism.

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