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      Glasgow International review – so how many art critics can you fit in an Opel?

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 15:17

    This year’s biennial takes you up tenement staircases and into city centre car parks to see fine work from Delaine Le Bas, Cathy Wilkes and Lawrence Abu Hamdan

    It’s a dreich – as they like to say in these parts – afternoon in June. Four strangers are crammed into an Opel in a city centre car park, listening to the radio. A broadcast of field recordings and vocal fragments is punctuated with bleeps and static. It is a very Glasgow International (GI) experience. In this biennial, art leads you up tenement staircases, across industrial estates, through community gardens and into car parks.

    The broadcast is an homage to Jean Cocteau’s film Orpheus, and composed by students in Dresden and Glasgow under the tutelage of Susan Philipsz. This most private of public listening experiences recasts you as Orpheus himself, scrutinising transmissions for hidden meaning. But as Eurydice tells him: “You can’t spend your life in a talking car.” Other delights await.

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      Glamour to ghost town: the fate of one Cypriot beach resort – in pictures

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 4 days ago - 16:00

    Once a glamorous destination that attracted the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Abba, the Cypriot resort of Varosha was abandoned on 14 August 1974 when Turkey invaded. For 50 years, the town has been deserted, but in 2020 it was opened up to tourists. British-Cypriot writer and editor Alex Christofi and his father were some of the first people to be granted admission, while Alex was researching his new book on the history of Cyprus. “I felt quite dissociated as it was difficult to process what I was seeing,” he says. “There was almost no one else there. With the rope barriers, it felt as if I were touring the set of a film about a disaster that had wiped out humanity. There is something deeply melancholy about what remains.”

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      Provincial Spanish town challenges cities by showing 120 Renaissance works

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 4 days ago - 14:00

    Major art exhibition in Alba de Tormes aims to break cultural stranglehold of Madrid and Barcelona

    In an elegant but unfinished basilica 100 miles from Madrid as the crow – or in this case the stork – flies, some of the hidden and long-dispersed religious treasures of the Spanish Renaissance have been gathered together for an unlikely and potentially pioneering exhibition.

    Although Alba de Tormes has a rich and turbulent history – it is home to both the illustrious House of Alba and the majority of the remains of St Teresa of Ávila – the small and picturesque town in Castilla y León is not a habitual venue for the kind of art show more commonly staged in Madrid or Barcelona.

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      ‘I don’t know if I like it’: artist finally shown at Royal Academy after 31 attempts

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 4 days ago - 09:15

    Alison Aye’s work will be seen alongside 481 other new exhibitors at the Summer Exhibition

    Artist Alison Aye had a surprising reaction to being accepted for this year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy . Founded in 1769, it’s the world’s oldest open submission show – a chance for hobbyist painters to hang next to Turner prize-winners and artists such as Tracey Emin and David Hockney, with everything for sale.

    The 58-year-old textile and collage artist, who is based in London, has submitted work to the Royal Academy (RA) every year for the last 31 years, and always been rejected. But when, this year, she found out she had finally succeeded, she felt conflicted. “It’s the establishment acknowledging me and I don’t know if I like it,” she said. “There’s a part of me that thinks being on the losing side is all right.”

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      From Bad Boys to Charli XCX: a complete guide to this week’s entertainment

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 4 days ago - 05:00

    Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back for more quippy explosion larks, and the singer returns with a sassy statement of intent

    Bad Boys: Ride Or Die
    Out now
    Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back, almost 30 years on from their first buddy cop outing, as Mike and Marcus, the eponymous bad boys. Treats in store include mafia hijinks, a frame job on Captain Howard (Joe Pantoliano), corruption in the Miami police department and, naturally, plenty of wisecracks. Catherine Bray

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      Anti-apartheid art, Keith Haring graffiti and new life for fallen trees – the week in art

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 5 days ago - 11:00

    A retrospective of South African artist Gavin Jantjes, new works by Zanele Muholi and Charles Lutyens’ insights as an art therapist – all in your weekly dispatch

    Gavin Jantjes : To Be Free!
    A retrospective of the South African artist who has spent much of his life in Britain, originally as a political exile in the apartheid era.
    Whitechapel Gallery, London, from 12 June until 1 September

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      ‘Language is a massive exclusionary tool’: Delaine Le Bas, the Turner prize nominee battling Romany discrimination

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 6 days ago - 07:00 · 1 minute

    A new exhibition shows how the acclaimed artist uses mixed media where words usually fail – in unravelling misconceptions about Traveller communities

    I’ve created a world, and it’s called Delainia,” says Delaine Le Bas, speaking ahead of the opening of her oeuvre-spanning Glasgow exhibition Delainia: 17071965 Unfolding . Working with textiles, sculpture and performance art, the British Romany artist has been making politically charged art for most of her life . “It starts with my birthdate [referenced in the title of the exhibition], but it’s still going on. I’m using the word ‘unfolding’ because one thing leads into the other,” she says. “I see my work as one whole big piece.”

    Le Bas’s tapestries, drawings, videos and costumes are tethered by recurring themes and motifs, relating to racism, feminism and untold histories. Her work addresses the exclusion of Roma, Gypsy and Traveller people, incorporating graphic and linguistic symbols to comment on the historic and enduring discrimination and misrepresentation of these communities. This year, she is nominated for the Turner prize and the upcoming Glasgow show is an opportunity to see her work before the Turner nominees are showcased at London’s Tate Britain in September. In Glasgow, Le Bas will exhibit textiles and embroideries that span decades, alongside a new site-specific installation of a metal circus carriage. These pieces, old and new, form a constellation of woven, drawn, painted and sculpted fragments that resurface as part of new allegorical installations.

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      French artist Ben dies aged 88, hours after wife’s death

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 6 days ago - 00:17

    Ben and Annie Vautier’s children say in statement their father killed himself just after their mother died of a stroke on Wednesday

    French artist Ben, best known for his ironic painted slogans, has died aged 88, killing himself just hours after the death of his wife of 60 years, his family said Wednesday.

    His wife Annie suffered a stroke on Monday evening and died on Wednesday, the couple’s two children, Eva and Francois, said in a statement.

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      My National Gallery review – comforting celebration of the UK’s cherished art collection

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 4 June - 08:00 · 1 minute

    Museum staff and familiar faces discuss their favourite paintings as the National Gallery turns 200, in a film that offers personal stories over scholarly pronouncement

    Here is a warm, civilised, and at points quite moving film about the National Gallery ’s art collection, timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of its founding in 1824. It essentially consists of a series of talking-head interviews – mostly National Gallery staff, but also a scattering of outsiders, including a handful of relevant national-treasure celebrities – in which they talk about their favourite paintings. The enthusiasms of the gallery personnel come from an admirably wide range, taking in gift shop sales assistant Joshua Pell ( The Adoration of the Kings by Jan Brueghel ), corporate development manager Helena Fitzgerald ( Degas’ Ballet Dancers ) and sign-language guide John Wilson ( Pietro Longhi’s Exhibition of a Rhinoceros at Venice ). The famous faces, on the other hand, are mainstream TV-friendly types such as Michael Palin ( Turner’s Rain, Steam and Speed ) and Claudia Winkleman ( Leonardo’s The Virgin of the Rocks ).

    The mood is essentially celebratory, with the accent very much on the personal and emotional (especially the final interviewee, former TV producer Peter Murphy, who manages to get a novel’s worth of life drama into his allotted screen time). The idea is clearly to try to demystify the gallery and connect its contents to the wider public; there is little in the way of scholarly pronouncement here, and only snippets of the institution’s historical development is conveyed (provided by history professor Jonathan Conlin). The makers are the estimable producers of the Exhibition on Screen strand, and are past masters at putting together this kind of engaging, easy-on-the-eye material.

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