The March/April issue of New Left Review is now on sale featuring the following essays:
An epistle to capitalism's immobilized opponents from the author of Farewell to an Idea. Drawing on sources from Bruegel to Nietzsche, Hazlitt to Benjamin, T. J. Clark supplies notes for a rethinking of left politics that would recognize the impasses of the present and the horrific legacies of the past, while abandoning the mirages of futurity.
Susan Watkins: Presentism?
Responding to Clark, Susan Watkins questions the adequacy of a perspective built upon man's propensity for violence, and defends a historicized politics of social transformation against the cramped horizon of the present.
Erstwhile bad-boy of Brit-Art Damien Hirst parks up his slightly dilapidated bandwagon at the Tate Modern this April with a six-month retrospective covering his entire career to date, promising a blockbuster show for one of the world's busiest public art galleries.
As well as featuring some of Hirst's most controversial and best-known works – including Mother and Child, Divided, four vitrines contained a dissected cow and her calf, which helped Hirst win the 1995 Turner Prize – the show will contain some lesser known works that are nonetheless vital to the construction of the Hirst mythos, including his contributions to the early YBA group show Freeze.