The streets have stolen a march on modern art

While work in galleries was stuck in the same old groove, a fresh visual lexicon was being formed by news images of student protesters. In 2011 our artists need to think bigger.

 Pleasure and pane … a demonstrator attacks the windows of Millbank Tower in London during student protests. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA In 2010 the consequences of the credit crash and a change of government brought politics to the heart of British life. British contemporary art’s current fame is a product of long years of prosperity when political questions about justice and equality seemed to have vanished from modern culture. But this year real life was radicalised and that will become even more true in 2011. So where does this leave modern art? Continue reading
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