— Michael Gove (@michaelgove) December 5, 2016
A Conservative British Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath, Michael Gove, seems peeved that this year’s Turner Prize winner isn’t as great as the Victorians. From this side of the Atlantic, it certainly sounds like he’s itching to Make Britain Great Again.
This isn’t Gove’s first foray into arts criticism. A few years ago, the former UK Education Minister (yes, you read that right) complained that historians and TV programs denigrate patriotism and courage by depicting the war as a “misbegotten shambles.”
In a January 2, 2014 article for the Daily Mail titled “Why does the Left insist on belittling true British heroes?“, Gove wrote (emphasis mine):
The conflict has, for many, been seen through the fictional prism of dramas such as Oh! What a Lovely War, The Monocled Mutineer and Blackadder, as a misbegotten shambles — a series of catastrophic mistakes perpetrated by an out-of-touch elite. Even to this day there are Left-wing academics all too happy to feed those myths.
Those words, sadly, sound like they could’ve easily been tweeted by a certain someone who is being called the US President-elect.
Let’s hope this isn’t part of a new trend of attacks against arts and culture funding in the UK.
British novelist Hari Kunzu point out, via Twitter, that, “You’d think if he wanted to make a middle brow case for Great British Art he could at least google a couple of others.” Yes, preferably some artists from within the last century at the very least — or perhaps someone’s brain is stuck in dreams of Empire.
Also, for the record, John Ruskin was a mediocre artist at best, and Holman Hunt is mostly, as they say, of academic interest.
The settlement comes after Tate prevented an artist who exposed sexual harassment by one of its largest donors from co-curating an exhibition.
Let’s be honest: On a best bathrooms list, no one wants to be number two.
The Newark Museum of Art Presents Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection
Photographers Antony Armstrong Jones, Milt Hinton, Chuck Stewart, Barbara Morgan, and more capture a breadth of legendary and local musicians and performance artists. On view through August 21.
Advocacy groups are pushing for a 5% royalty in resales, which would pertain even after the artist dies, in which case the funds would go to their estate.
This week, the Getty Museum is returning ancient terracottas to Italy, parsing an antisemitic mural at Documenta, an ancient gold find in Denmark, a new puritanism, slavery in early Christianity, and much more.
Art and photographs, publications from the 19th and 20th centuries, manuscripts, posters and more are set to cross the auction block on August 18.
The absence of an explicit framing of American art, in all of its diversity, as a visual culture of empire distorts and hampers our ability to understand — and reimagine — our social world.
The gap between the material body and the psychological one, which we all too often take for granted, is one of the underlying themes of Hiro’s exhibition.
David Rios Ferreira and Denae Shanidiin join forces to bring awareness to the plight of Indigenous women and girls, and LGBTQ+ individuals.
Metrograph’s series The Process features films that were either directed by Robert M. Young or made with the help of Irving Young’s postproduction facility.
Memes depicting a sinister, all-powerful Joe Biden alter ego are sweeping the internet, and the Democratic establishment is loving it.