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From the monarch to the naked performance artist who was living with Aids, Freud paints life lived in the face of death, with an unsentimental eye for human tendernesss
The photographer Rankin’s new photography fair, Visual Noise, celebrates the talent of graduates whose final shows were disrupted by Covid. It takes place at Maryland Studio in east London on 9-10 April. Tickets are available from the studio’s website. All profits go to @legacyofwarfoundation
The artists have responded to the pandemic with comic, haunting works showing themselves being buffeted around a chaotic London. They talk about lines of coffins, illegal raves and ‘shameful’ statue-toppling.
On 26 October 1969, the Observer Magazine attempted to get to grips with the burgeoning computer revolution (‘Computer Takeover’).
‘What then is a computer?’ asked John Davy. ‘It has been well described as an obedient, very moronic clerk with an exceptionally good memory.’ Well, we’ve all met one of those
An academic tells us that we will need the warmth and familiarity of reality TV to set us right post-virus. What we really need is Grayson Perry. His talent is not just good art, but the ability on his TV show, Grayson’s Art Club, to disable the “histrionic TV personality” genes of celebrity guests and make them be natural, as well as arty. Grayson and his wife, Philippa, bring warmth and inspiration. More will be needed after coronavirus.
With public art collections closed we are bringing the art to you, exploring highlights and hidden gems from across the country in partnership with Art UK. Today’s pick: Guildford’s De Morgan Collection’s Lux in Tenebris.