ART: TATE LIVERPOOL – KEYWORDS: ART, CULTURE AND SOCIETY IN 1980s

Jo Spence - Libido Uprising Part I

Keywords is an exhibition based on Raymond Williams’s seminal study, of the same name Helen Chadwick - Carcassabout the vocabulary of culture and society. The exhibition, spanning a twenty year period from the first publication of the book in 1976 to the last year of Conservative rule in 1996, has a strong focus on British art of the 1980s and will include works by artists such as Helen Chadwick, Willie Doherty, David Hockney and Anish Kapoor.

Almost sixty works by artists such as Stuart Brisley, Helen Chadwick, Rita Donagh, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, David Hockney, Anish Kapoor, Peter Kennard, John Latham, Stephen McKenna, Carl Plackman, Donald Rodney, Jo Spence, Anne Tallentire and Stephen Willats are grouped in a relationship to key words from William’s book. Viewers are confronted with manifestations of words from Williams’s book including ‘Liberation’, ‘Violence’, ‘Unconscious’ and ‘Private’ in a specially designed space conceived by artist Luca Frei and designer Will Holder. Here visitors will be encouraged to discuss and debate the relationship between the words and the works.

Sunil Gupta - 'Heaven' from the tape-slide project Gay Switchboard, 1980

Central to Keywords has been its public talks programme by major figures from the spheres of art, theory, activism and politics. To date this has included lectures by Linda Bellos on ‘Equality’, Douglas Crimp on ‘Theory’, Geeta Kapur on ‘Practice’, Leo Bersani on ‘Sex’ and Tony Bennett on ‘Culture’. This outstanding line up will continue with Baroness Lola Young on ‘Ethical’ in spring 2014.

The exhibition has been organised in partnership with Iniva – Institute of International Visual Arts, London where the first incarnation of Keywords was presented from 27 March – 18 May 2013.

Keywords is curated by Gavin Delahunty, Head of Exhibitions and Displays, Tate Liverpool and Grant Watson, Senior Curator and Research Associate, Iniva.

The exhibition runs from Feb 28th – May 11th 2014. £6/8 admission

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David Hockney: Early Reflections at The Walker Art Gallery Liverpool

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76 years 3 months 1 day, Yorkshireman, Conscientious Objector, Draughtsman, Artist. David Hockney is all of these things and more. The Walker not only houses one of the painting’s that Hockney is, arguably, most famous for (Peter getting out of Nick’s pool ’67) but from today until 16 march 2014 it presents a retrospective of the artists early work from ’60 through to ’78. The subject of his work is in no doubt. The turmoil and raw emotion brought out in his work by constraints placed on his sexuality by society is evident. Secret codes, smoke and mirrors and a crush on Cliff Richard play out across his early work. Also included are 12 etchings which look at his admiration for the poet Constantine Petrou Cavafy which shows another side to Hockneys work that some may not be aware of.
Also included are Hockney’s water-themed paintings, particularly those of swimming pools which are among his most renowned.
If you admire Hockneys work already you’ll obviously enjoy this exhibition and if you know the name and that painting go and take a look at the early work of one of England’s greatest living artists.

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