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      UK galleries rushed to diversify art after Black Lives Matter, artist says

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 4 June - 07:00

    South Africa-born painter Gavin Jantjes says institutions tried to buy work they ignored decades earlier

    British arts institutions deployed “kneejerk” and “stopgap” responses in the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter movement as they attempted to avoid criticism for the lack of diversity in their collections, according to the artist Gavin Jantjes.

    The South Africa-born artist, who was a key figure during the British black art movement of the 1980s , told the Guardian that under-pressure organisations approached him to buy work that they had ignored since it was made decades earlier.

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      Carnival dancers, stained glass and a haunted corner shop: a tour around Alvaro Barrington’s installation Grace

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 3 June - 11:00

    This fast-rising artist became known for his yarn paintings but has always thought beyond the canvas. Now he’s transplanting strands of his lives in Grenada, New York and London into the galleries of Tate Britain

    One of artist Alvaro Barrington ’s earliest memories is of taking shelter in the “little shack in the countryside” where he lived with his grandmother in Grenada, with rain pounding the tin roof and music playing. Now that simple protective roof has inspired a huge minimalist sculpture – suspended sheets of corrugated metal – that stretches the length of Tate Britain’s lofty south Duveen gallery.

    We meet beneath it, midway through the installation of Grace, Barrington’s huge new three-part work for the prestigious annual Tate Britain Commission. Soon, he says, there will be a soundscape of rainfall and original music created by pioneering experimental artists including Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes and Femi Adeyemi, founder of maverick London radio station NTS.

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      Inside the last of New York’s original artists’ lofts – in pictures

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 3 June - 08:05

    Documentary film-maker Joshua Charow sought out the creatives still inhabiting New York’s former industrial spaces - factories, warehouses and theatres – as the last of the art scene holds out against gentrification. The introduction of the “loft law” in 1983 gave legal protection and rent stabilization to people living in non-residental buildings

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      Summerhall’s sale could devastate Edinburgh’s arts scene, say creative leaders

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 3 June - 05:00

    Arts hub described as heart of city’s fringe advertised for redevelopment after benefactor outvoted on family trust

    Senior figures in the arts have warned that Edinburgh faces a cultural crisis after it emerged that one of the city’s most famous venues, Summerhall, has been put up for sale.

    Summerhall, housed in the city’s former veterinary school, has earned a reputation as one of the UK’s most innovative and critically acclaimed venues since it was set up 12 years ago by a wealthy benefactor, Robert McDowell.

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      Donald Rodney: Visceral Canker; Alvaro Barrington: Grace review – skin in the game

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Sunday, 2 June - 08:00

    Spike Island, Bristol; Tate Britain, London
    Illness, racism and mortality are indelibly fused – on film, with X-rays and his own body – in a superb survey of work by the late British artist Donald Rodney. Elsewhere, carnival is outshone by church

    Years ago, I saw a work by the British-Jamaican artist Donald Rodney that I have never forgotten. It was a house of dark shadows on a wall, configured out of hospital X-rays. In front of it sat a faceless figure, not much more than tattered clothes held up by a broken tree that rose like a spine – or a lynching – out of its frayed shirt collar.

    Scissors, words and hands appeared in pale silhouette against the X-rays, intimating the past like a silent movie. Rodney referred to his Black family tree, his ancestral home. The House That Jack Built was made, quite literally, from medical evidence of the disease that would eventually kill him, as it had been fatal to the 75 million Black souls remembered here: Caribbean victims of sickle cell anaemia.

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      Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night Over the Rhône returns to Arles for the first time in 136 years

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Saturday, 1 June - 14:45

    The painting is on loan for an exhibition that opens this weekend in the Provençal city where the painter became obsessed with the night sky and eventually descended into madness

    In September 1888, shortly before he descended into the madness that led him to cut off part of his left ear, Vincent van Gogh completed one of his early starry night paintings. Fascinated by astronomy and the solar system, the insomniac painter had obsessed over the work in his mind, asking a fellow painter: “When shall I ever paint the starry sky, this painting that keeps ­haunting me?”

    Now the scene he finally captured, Starry Night over the Rhône , has been returned to Arles, where he painted it, for the first time in 136 years.

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      Climate activist defaces Monet painting in Paris

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Saturday, 1 June - 12:41

    Woman from Riposte Alimentaire arrested after sticking poster on impressionist painter’s Coquelicots

    A climate activist has been arrested for sticking an adhesive poster on a Monet painting at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris to draw attention to global warming, a police source said.

    The action by the woman, a member of Riposte Alimentaire (Food Response) – a group of environmental activists and defenders of sustainable food production – was seen in a video posted on X, placing a blood-red poster over Coquelicots (Poppies) by the French impressionist painter Claude Monet.

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      ‘A younger me would have enjoyed doing this. Now? It makes me feel out of shape’: Elliot Ferguson’s best phone picture

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Saturday, 1 June - 09:00

    The photographer got as close as he could when cadets’ endurance, strength and teamwork were tested at Canada’s Royal Military College

    Every year, as spring blooms, first-year officer cadets of Canada’s Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, take part in a series of competitions. The challenges and obstacle course aim to test their strength, endurance and teamwork.

    “As long as you don’t mind getting a little wet and don’t step on any of the smoke canisters, you can get really close to the action,” says Elliot Ferguson, who had captured the event before in his capacity as a news and sports photographer.

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      ‘To represent blackness as beautiful was radical’: the astonishing art – and lives – of the Holder brothers

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Friday, 31 May - 11:36

    From ballet-dancing in New York to playing a Bond villain, Trinidad-born brothers Boscoe and Geoffrey Holder led extraordinary lives. But it’s as trailblazing painters of the black nude that they will be remembered

    The first time I ever saw a black male nude was in a Boscoe Holder painting in a private collection in Trinidad. It was beautiful – and so brazen that I wondered whether it broke the country’s lingering Victorian-era indecency laws. I would later discover he had painted hundreds more, many for his eyes only, never intended to be shown in his lifetime.

    From Saturday at Victoria Miro in London, many will be shown in a joint exhibition with his younger brother Geoffrey, whose similarly radiant, sensual paintings of black men and women reflect just how far ahead of their time the Holder brothers were. Born in Port of Spain, Boscoe in 1921 and Geoffrey in1930, to an inspired middle-class mother from Martinique and an upwardly mobile Bajan father, the siblings were nurtured in a milieu of what art historian Erica James calls “an incredible generation of Caribbean people”.

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