Jeremy Corbyn has urged voters to “reject the politics of despair and division” as he began a whistlestop tour of key seats across the UK in Glasgow. Speaking to a crowd of Labour activists gathered in the early morning darkness, the Labour leader said the British people had a choice: “Tomorrow you can vote for despair and the dishonesty of this government or you can vote Labour and get a government that is determined to bring about justice and equality in our society.” Activists were in buoyant mood following the release of YouGov’s second constituency-by-constituency poll overnight, which suggests that – while the Tories remain the favourites – the possibility of a hung parliament cannot be ruled out. The poll leaves the Conservatives unchanged on 43% and Labour on 34%, up two points, which would cut Johnson’s notional majority from 68 to 28. Reflecting on a bitterly contested campaign, Corbyn said: “Our party has suffered the … [Read more...] about Corbyn begins final tour of key seats with call to reject ‘politics of despair’
The polls are tightening and CCHQ is nervous. Britain’s electoral system means that, even with a substantial Tory lead, a hung parliament is entirely possible. So what happens if Boris Johnson’s gamble does fail? Where does Britain end up next and who heads into Downing Street? There are multiple potential outcomes, but only one that seems fairly certain not to happen: a formal coalition. 2010 was unusual in producing a stable and long-lasting coalition. It’s highly unlikely that whatever government emerges over the coming days will take such a form. In all likelihood – barring an extraordinary failure of the polls – the Conservatives will be the largest party no matter what. But that doesn't... … [Read more...] about Why a hung parliament is more likely to mean another general election than Prime Minister Corbyn
After a six-week campaign, the UK goes to the polls on Thursday (Thursday night in Australia) in a vote to determine whether the Conservative party’s Boris Johnson or Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn will form government. Johnson has been telling voters “let’s get Brexit done”, while Corbyn has been emphasising this is the “last chance to save the National Health Service”. Here’s a quick guide to how the voting works, when we’re likely to get a result and what that result could mean for Brexit. How does the UK voting system work? Everyone aged over 18 is entitled to vote, which means the electorate comprises around 46 million people, but voting is not compulsory. Turnout at the last election in 2017 was 68.8%. There are 650 constituencies throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and voting will take place in 40,000 polling stations. It’s a simple first-past-the-post system, which means that those 46 million voters will … [Read more...] about UK election: how the voting system works and what it could mean for Brexit
The protests started almost immediately after the presidential election. An artist named Annette Lemieux emailed the Whitney Museum and asked that her installation Left Right Left Right — a series of life-size photographs of raised fists turned into protest signs — be turned upside down. The artist Jonathan Horowitz and some friends started an Instagram feed called @dear_ivanka, attempting to directly appeal to the soon-to-be First Daughter and shame her into pushing her father away from the Bannonite brink. The artist Richard Prince refunded her money for a piece that she bought, then put out a statement that was intended to de-authenticate it. Sam Durant’s light-box sculpture, which read END WHITE SUPREMACY, was hoisted onto the façade of Paula Cooper Gallery in Chelsea (where it first appeared in the remarkably different context of Obama’s election in 2008), and another edition of it was set up by the gallery Blum & Poe to greet visitors at the Miami … [Read more...] about Is Political Art the Only Art That Matters Now?
Rafa Esparza, building: a simulacrum of power, 2014. Performance on the site of Michael Parker’s The Unfinished (2014). Photograph by Dylan Schwartz. Photo: Dylan Schwartz/Courtesy of Clockshop The 2017 Whitney Biennial got caught in an almost extinction-level political crosswind. Research and the selection for the show began in 2015 at the height of the Age of Obama, the apotheosis of the granular politics of identity and multiple subjectivities, systemic investigation into socioeconomic structures, biographies and autobiography, the rise of personal trauma narratives, and continual attempts to set historical records straight. This was to be the first biennial in a brand-new, beautiful downtown building dedicated to these progressive truths which the art world holds to be self-evident (and which Michelle Obama, in fact, had helped inaugurate). Half of the show is women and people of color; there are no art stars or heavy footprints of mega-galleries or the market. The arc of … [Read more...] about The 2017 Whitney Biennial Is the Most Politically Charged in Decades
The background radiation is still there, two decades later, from the infamous 1993 Whitney Biennial — the so-called multi-cultural, identity-politics, political, or just bad biennial. Establishment art history circa 1993 was a broken model, built on white men and Western civilization and certain ossified ideas about “greatness” and “genius.” New artists looking for new ways to speak to new audiences couldn’t get their voices heard or work seen. There had been artists fighting this fight before, but that 1993 show was the major crack in the façade. George Holliday’s 1991 ten-minute videotape of the Rodney King beating was included as an artwork, and one of the biennial’s admission buttons, designed by artist Daniel J. Martinez, famously read I CAN’T IMAGINE EVER WANTING TO BE WHITE. What followed was war: white-male critics gone wild. The Times’ Michael Kimmelman opined, “I hate the show,” blasting … [Read more...] about How Identity Politics Conquered the Art World