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Sinopticon: contemporary chinoiserie in contemporary art (review)

Laura White
Laura White at Sinopticon in Plymouth

There was a giddy sense of occasion as our party of seven academics in search of culture and free drinks entered the atrium of the Plymouth City Museum. We arrived as the opening speeches were progressing and huddled under the Chinese flag dresses, trying not to giggle too overtly as we were jostled intermittently by a large robot triffid.

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Giving the Outsiders a home. Plymouth Arts Centre exhibition A Life in Art: Monka Kinley

Monika Kinleya: a life in art at Plymouth Arts Centre

In 1945 French painter Jean Dubuffet said: “Art does not lie down on the bed that is made for it. It runs away as soon as one says its name: it loves to be incognito. Its best moments are when it forgets what it is called.” So it’s probably just as well he gave it a name, L’Art Brut. The concept was developed with Outsider Art, which is where the latest exhibition at Plymouth Arts Centre comes in.

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