The people's art, and retrospectives of Paolozzi and Sidney Nolanby Emma Crichton-Miller / January 16, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in February 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
Royal Academy of Art, 11th February to 17th April
When Lenin first took power, significant figures of the Russian avant-garde, such as Mayakovsky, Tatlin and Malevich, optimistically debated what a “people’s” art should be. Until 1932, when Stalin decreed that all art should express Soviet ideology, originality flourished. This ambitious exhibition surveys the gamut—from the innovative abstractions of Kandinsky to the graphic designs of Rodchenko, from the Constructivist architecture of Tatlin and Malevich’s Soviet ceramics, to Eisenstein’s films and the experimental Soviet Realism of Petrov-Vodkin and Deineka.
Whitechapel Gallery, 16th February to 14th May
This is the first major UK retrospective in 40 years of Eduardo Paolozzi’s unmistakeable oeuvre. Beloved by Londoners for his public art—including murals in Tottenham Court Road station and the bronze sculpture “Newton After Blake” at the British Library—until his death in 2005, he pursued his fascination with machines, maths, music and mythology.