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INSIGHTExhibition Review Kate West’s quarterly review of the Arts scene in and around the Barbican


across the world and together they changed how photography would be viewed forever. In this new exhibition the Barbican


Art Gallery brings together over 400 works to show how the social, political and cultural upheavals of those two momentous decades influenced both photographers and the medium itself, culminating in the creation of some of the most powerful images of the 20th century and the acceptance of photography as a recognized and valued artform.


Museum of London Doctors, Dissection and R


Men Opens 19th October


W


hen a Museum of London Archaeology


team excavated a burial ground


at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel in 2006, what they found proved more fascinating than they had initially expected. In the jumbled mix of bones they unearthed evidence of dissection, autopsy, amputation, bones wired for


dissected for comparative anatomy. What makes the discovery more exciting is that the bones date from a key period in British medical history - around the period of the Anatomy Act of 1832, a controversial Act that gave the State the right to take ‘unclaimed’ corpses without consent. This dating makes it one of the most significant archaeological finds in the UK as it offers a fresh insight into the world of early 19th century dissection and the concomitant trade in dead bodies. The exhibition examines


the


intriguing and sometimes disturbing facts


revealed by of this recent


archaeological discovery - showing the unpleasant reality


performing


surgery in the time before anaesthesia and uncovering the shady practices behind the growing demand for


30 esurrection


corpses. Bringing together human and animal remains, anatomical models and drawings, documents and original artefacts the exhibition explores the relationship between the surgeons working at the forefront of anatomical study and the so-called ‘Resurrection men’ who supplied them with the bodies they demanded. Due to its subject matter, this exhibition is not recommended for children under 12. Please note the exhibition features human skeletal remains.


teaching, and animals


Museum of London London Wall EC2 Daily 10am - 6pm Tickets: Adult £9/ Concessions


Barbican Art Gallery Barbican Centre Daily 11am - 8pm, Wednesday 11am- 6pm Thursday Late Opening until 10pm Tickets: Standard £10 online or £12 on the door/ Concessions £7 online or £8 on the door/ Under 12s Free www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery


Guildhall Art Gallery Joh


n Bartlett:


London Sublime Opens 12th October


chaos and paranoia. This mid-career show includes Bartlett’s large-scale canvasses


J and


Children aged 12+ £7/ Friends of the Museum Free/ Art Fund members £4.50 www.museumoflondon.org.uk


Barbican Art Gallery Everyth Ph


ing W otograph


to be fit mainly for journalism or documentary and, if considered to be an artform at all, certainly seen as vastly


B inferior to painting and


sculpture. In the 60s and 70s a new breed of auteur photographer emerged


y from th Until 13th January


y the second half of the 20th century


photography become a medium considered had


Guildhall Art Gallery Guildhall Yard EC2 Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm Sunday Noon - 4pm Admission: £5/ Concessions £3/ Free to City residents with proof of address www.guildhall-art-gallery.org.uk


as Moving: e 60s and 70s alongside smaller, more


intimate works which capture both the confusion and the beauty of everyday contemporary London. Throughout the exhibition the artist


will be creating a large wall drawing entitled Rise of the Invisibles based on the August 2011 riots, a new work intended to mirror his earlier History Painting which depicts the Poll Tax Riots and is currently on display at the nearby Museum of London.


ohn Bartlett’s work is noted for its concern with modern day urban life and its accompanying sense of


The Superficial Muscles of the Thorax, and the Axilla with its contents in 'Illustrations of dissections in a series of original coloured plates, the size of life, representing the


dissection of the human body'. By Ford and George Viner Ellis, 2nd. Edition. Published: Smith, Elder London 1876 © The Wellcome Library


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