Art Turning Left at Tate: Words & Images by Patrick M Higgins

Photography by Patrick M Higgins
Detournements – 1968 – Situationist International

All photographs courtesy Patrick M Higgins Photography

A major exhibition for the Tate Liverpool and the first to consider how the production and reception of art has been influenced by left-wing values.

The exhibition is defined by key concerns spanning different historical periods and geographical locations. From equality in production and collective authorship to the merger of art and life, the exhibition focuses on how political values have affected the process, aesthetics and display of art works.

The range of work displayed is wide and intriguing, from Jaques Louis David’s The Death of Marat, to the Rose and Thistle design of William Morris and on to the Coca Cola bottles of Cildo Meireles, clearly drawing together the strands of a complex and detailed construction of evidence supporting the premise of this show.

The exhibition includes The Office of Useful Art – a working office and education centre that is Tate Liverpool’s contribution to a long term project that promotes tge idea of art as a process that should have real effect in society, as part of everyday life.

Art Turning Left is curated by Francesco Manacorda, Lyn Wray and Eleanor Clayton and runs until 2 February 2014