MonthDecember 2017

Flight of the Conchords, Chris Rock and 2018’s most uproarious comedy

One of the world’s biggest standups does his first tour in a decade, Bridget Christie looks beyond Brexit and Maria Bamford makes a rare UK appearance “Often more philosophical than scientific,” one critic wrote of Newman’s recent critique on brain science, Neuropolis – a book and a radio series, but initially a live standup show. Perhaps Newman’s taken the comment to heart: his new show Total Eclipse of Descartes, touring early this year, reprises the history of philosophy (“from Pythagoras to artificial intelligence by way of Pavlov’s dogs”) as it assembles a modus vivendi for our troubled present.• 8-20 January, Soho theatre, London. Then touring. Continue reading… [hmp_player]

From Picasso at his mightiest to gods of American cool: the hottest art shows of 2018

Picasso reveals his most erotic year, Andreas Gursky predicts the post-truth era, O’Keeffe and Hopper hit Oxford – and the only way is Sussex for William Blake in our exhibitions preview Get the new year off to an angry start with this exhibition about art, popular culture and protest. Peter Kennard’s classic CND photomontages of the 1980s and a raw, intimate recording of The Internationale by Susan Philipsz are among the political artworks in a survey of how art is inspired by dissent, resistance and rebellion. Yet can protest art really change anything? The most pungent political art of modern times includes Picasso’s Guernica and John Heartfield’s anti-Nazi photomontages, but neither stopped Hitler.• 6 January-15 April, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Continue reading… [hmp_player]