Online edition: International Workers Day, April/May 2015

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Art For International Workers Day

The Editors ~ In celebration of International Workers Day on May 1st, Red Wedge asked some of our artist-contributors to submit images of their work. Below are paintings, drawings, photographs and other documentation from Ian Matchett, Craig Ross, Van Thanh Rudd, Anna Maria Tucker, Adam Turl, Sarah Levy and Mike Alewitz... Read more…

Rough Theses On To Pimp a Butterfly

Alexander Billet ~ If the grand conversation around race were to be neatly divided into “before” and “after” Ferguson, then Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly would have to be regarded as something of an artistic landmark, a stunning musical distillation of the post-Ferguson mood. I am inclined to agree with Rolling Stone’s Greg Tate when he writes: “Thanks to... Read more…

Tomboy Anthem

Tomboy ~ I was just reading these horrible quotes by Kevin Lyman, the Warped tour founder/producer, and he was responding to questions by this great reporter, Megan Seling, about why there is so little representation of women musicians at the Warped Tour. And he said, "I don’t necessarily go search out girl bands — I always try to make sure they’re there. But they have to be good.” I mean, first of all... Read more...

November: On Making Anti-Capitalist Art In the 21st Century

November ~ November is a recently formed and democratically run network of anti-capitalist visual artists, formed for “mutual assistance; to promote work; to share ideas for anti-capitalist strategies in contemporary art; to cultivate the working-class audience for such art; to counter the echoes of post-modern cynicism; and to build practical solidarity with today's struggles” ... Read more…

Witness: Art and Civil Rights In the Sixties

Paul Mullan ~ “Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties” was organized by the Brooklyn Museum in New York City and is currently at the Blanton Museum of Art, at the University of Texas in Austin. Teresa A. Carbone, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art at the Brooklyn, and Kellie Jones, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University... Read more...

The Worker's Maypole

Walter Crane ~ World Workers, whatever may bind ye,
    This day let your work be undone:
Cast the clouds of the winter behind ye,
     And come forth and be glad in the sun.

Now again while the green earth rejoices
     In the bud and the blossom of May
Lift your hearts up again, and your voices... Read more...

Winning and Ruling: A Marxist Look at Game of Thrones

Doug Enaa Greene ~ On April 12, 2015 the wildly popular Game of Thrones returned to HBO for a fifth season. No doubt, this season, like all the others, will break ratings records and encourage endless speculation and debate by fans. The television series, based on a projected seven novel series... Read more...


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Issue One: "Art + Revolution"

From the editorial: The cultural moment does not simply call for “art and revolution” but “art plus revolution.” The difference may seem pedantic. But it is an important one. Counterposing contemporary art, literature, film, music and poetry with an abstraction of what revolutionary art “should be” is too limiting. Far more productive, interesting and useful is the struggle to apply a radical worldview to art and creativity as they actually exist in the here and now. From that point we can start to grapple with what it means to “revolutionize everyday life” in the present.

Also featured: The Iconography of the French Revolution ~ Theatre For the People: A Roundtable With Oracle Productions ~ A WAR (Arab Women, Art & Revolution) ~ Bad Girlz Bring the Noize: How Mujeres of Color Are Radicalizing Popular Music ~ Constructivism: Notes On Art + Revolution ~ Music and Historical Memory ~ No Guarantees ~ The Rebel's Guide to Art History ~ The Messiah and the Muse  ~ The Rise, Fall and Disapparation of Rupert Atwell ~ Marionette Divorce ~ Steal Away: The Visions of Nat Turner


Feuilleton

Off To the Printers We sent something very long-awaited indeed off to the printers today... Read more...

Evicted Art Blog

13 Baristas ~ Trans Venus, Black Panthers, November 7, Magpie, After You Leave, Ascension... Read more...

The Hour GlaSS

Swearing Shakespeare I take it personally when people don’t get Shakespeare. This is something...   Read more...

RED WEDGE COMIX

13 Baristas #1 ~ In 2018, six months after the _____________ uprising was crushed... Read more...

The Ansible

HALO as quality pulp ~ It is always surprising to see certain culture industry products display... Read more...

Atonal Notes 

Young, Gifted and Black ~ Many readers will likely remember when these kids when viral... Read more...

AfroBlazingGuns

"Dear White People" bland and uninteresting I saw Dear White People and I agree with a lot of this... Read more...

Pink Palimpsest

Revenge of the Neckbeards ~ The world of sci-fi fandom is precious little understood in mainstream... Read more...

Red Planet

Communist artists seeking new life and a new civilization. Their blog is run by Hope Asya and Thomas Crane.

Conditions

Wojnarowicz in Houston ~ The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) permanent... Read more...

La Marxista

Chávez's Lessons ~ César Chávez, the biopic of the Chicano labor leader and civil rights.. Read more...