Art Turning Left is the first exhibition to examine how the production and reception
of art has been influenced by left-wing values, from the eighteenth century to the present day. the direct involvement of visual artists in the political arena connected to the social and ethical values of left wing politics can be traced to the french revolution, when artists such as Jacques-louis David granted permission for their artwork to be reproduced to support the republican cause and versions of David’s iconic image The Death of Marat 1793–4 feature in the exhibition.
The exhibition is held in a white cube space, some of the work has been paced on the wass, others painted and applied onto it. The exhibition shows a contrast of contemporary art placed with Jacques-Louis David’sThe Death of Marat.