SOUL OF A NATION: ART IN THE AGE OF BLACK POWER

Less than six months after the Charlottesville riots, the current racial tension in the United States is unmistakeable. With a Reuters poll claiming that race relations in America are at an all-time low, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at the Tate Modern is more relevant than ever. Beginning with…

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THE RADICAL EYE: MODERNIST PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE SIR ELTON JOHN COLLECTION

Tate Modern Bankside, London SE1 9TG November 10, 2016 - May 21, 2017 Elton John is a man known for many things (music, his work for gay rights, a vast collection of sparkly jackets), but being a fan of early twentieth century photography isn’t one of them. This is a great shame, as Sir Elton…

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FEMINIST AVANT-GARDE OF THE 1970S @ THE PHOTOGRAPHERS’ GALLERY

Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s The Photographers' Gallery 16 - 18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW October 7, 2016 - January 29, 2017 For women, the last few months have been exhausting. There is now a man in the White House who has not only been accused of sexual assault, but who actually brags about…

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THIS TEEN’S POWERFUL PHOTOGRAPHS ARE REMINDING PEOPLE WHAT DONALD TRUMP REALLY THINKS OF WOMEN

Donald Trump has been called many things during his gradual rise to political power: businessman, television personality, and now president-elect. But one teen is reminding people exactly who they voted for in this year’s election. Despite saying some spectacularly awful things about women in the past – including comparing women to dogs and seemingly advocating…

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WHY THE BURKINI BAN IS AN ISSUE FOR ALL WOMEN

It’s been over a hundred years since Annette Kellerman was arrested for her choice of swimwear, and sadly not much has changed. In 1907 the vaudeville star and professional swimmer caused outrage with her ‘revealing’ attire on Revere beach in Boston. She was wearing a one-piece, short style bathing suit that ended just above her…

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SONIA RYKIEL: THE LIBERATOR OF WOMEN’S FASHION

1968: the year of revolution in Paris! Beginning with student strikes and ending with a fearful Charles De Gaulle fleeing the country, the events of May 1968 brought France to a standstill. It was the Swinging Sixties, and French society was desperate for a change. It was amongst this atmosphere of rebellion that Sonia Rykiel…

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THE LONG WALK TO FOOTWEAR FREEDOM IN THE WORKPLACE

High heels – they’re one of the world’s great dividers. Yes, they look good, but any woman who has had to wear them for a long period of time (or short, for that matter) knows how uncomfortable they can be. Despite this, in supposedly developed countries like the UK and Canada, it’s legal for companies…

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MARILYN MONROE – ICON OF BODY POSITIVITY OR SYMBOL OF INSECURITY?

Over 50 years since her passing, Marilyn Monroe is still a cultural icon. Famous for her red lips, seductive hips and bubbly personality, the girl born Norma-Jeane Mortensen on June 1st 1926 would grow up to become one of history’s most iconic sex symbols. Along with fellow pop culture icons John Lennon and Audrey Hepburn,…

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ART HISTORY’S GREATEST MUSES

In Greek Mythology, the Muses were the goddesses of science, literature and the arts. The source of knowledge for all creative endeavors, no man could create their master work or piece de resistance without their divine intervention. Art history is full of these celestial beings, come down to earth in human form. Like their namesakes, these…

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KURT COBAIN’S LEGACY IS ABOUT MORE THAN HIS MUSIC

Twenty-two years ago this week, Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, was found dead in his home at 171 Lake Washington Boulevard East in Seattle, Washington. His death was ruled a suicide, and has since spurned two decades of documentaries, conspiracy theories and general awe for a man hailed as an unforgettable rock legend. But…

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PLUS SIZE MODEL ISKRA LAWRENCE SHUTS DOWN BODY-SHAMERS

Iskra Lawrence really doesn’t care if you think she’s fat. The plus-size model and body-positivity activist hit headlines this week when she spectacularly shut down an internet troll who labelled her a ‘fat cow’ on Instagram – by posing on a bed full of crisp packets! The image, which was posted to her 1.3 million…

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ELLSWORTH KELLY 1923-2015

The renowned abstract painter and sculptor, Ellsworth Kelly, passed away on December 27th from natural causes at the age of 92, leaving behind a legacy of extraordinary colour, form and innovation. Kelly’s death was announced by his gallerist Matthew Marks of the Matthew Mark’s Gallery in Manhattan, who was informed of Kelly’s passing by the…

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FEMINIST ART THAT CHANGED HISTORY – ARTICLE BY SOPHIE LLOYD FOR THE #GIRLPOWER ISSUE

WRITER AND ART CRITIC LUCY R. LIPPARD ONCE SAID THAT FEMINIST ART is not just a style or a movement, but also “a value system, a revolutionary strategy, a way of life.” It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when a range of shared opinions and collective experiences became the movement we now know as feminism, but…

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WHAT TRACEY EMIN’S BED DID FOR FEMINISM

15 years after its debut Tracey Emin’s iconic installation ‘My Bed’ has returned to the Tate Britian, complete with the empty vodka bottles, used condoms and blood-stained underwear that made it legendary. A testament to the breakdown of a relationship, ‘My Bed’, like the former Young British Artist’s other early works, makes some people uncomfortable…

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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: SAVAGE BEAUTY – THE V&A – MARCH 14 – AUGUST 2

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: SAVAGE BEAUTY MARCH 14 – AUGUST 2 Victoria & Albert Museum Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL From his couture collections to his personal life, Alexander McQueen loved to break boundaries. Known for his outlandish runway shows and darkly surreal creations, the late designer transformed British fashion during a time when it desperately needed…

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