4 September 2017

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Chris Dercon Launches His First Volksbuhne Production During Berlin Art Week

Chris Dercon unveils his first production as the new artistic director of the Volksbühne, a theater in Berlin, on 5 September.

31 July 2017

Bruce Nauman – Raw Materials Returns To Turbine Hall For Artist Rooms Show

Bruce Nauman is the latest artist to be given a solo exhibition as part of the Artist Rooms series of annual free exhibitions.

13 July 2017

Black Power! Tate’s Latest Right On Exhibition Explores African American Art

A challenging and intelligent new show at Tate Modern asks rather more questions than it actually succeeds in answering.

27 June 2017

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Dazzling Modigliani Exhibition To Reunite Banned Nudes At Tate Modern

Some of Modigliani’s best known and most provocative nudes are to be reunited in London nearly 100 years after they were banned in Paris.

22 June 2017

Fahrelnissa Zeid: In Pursuit of the Exotic Tate Modern – Edward Lucie-Smith

I confess I had a few reservations about the Fahrelnissa Zeid retrospective now at Tate Modern.

11 May 2017

Giacometti An Artist Of Distance Not Intimacy By Edward Lucie-Smith

Tate Modern’s new Giacometti show, following hot on the heels of a recent show dedicated to the same artist at the National Portrait Gallery, is nevertheless welcome for the comprehensive view it gives of one of the major stars of the Modern Movement.

21 April 2017

Alberto Giacometti Blockbuster Predicted To Overtake Tate’s Matisse Cut-Outs Exhibition

Tate Modern’s Summer blockbuster will present the UK’s first major retrospective of Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) for 20 years.

20 April 2017

Tate Modern Sued Over Bankside Viewing Platform Peeping Toms

Half dozen residents of a Richard Rodgers designed luxury flat tower-block located across from the newly opened Tate Modern extension have launched a lawsuit against the gallery.

27 March 2017

Tate Modern And Royal Academy Visitors Rise By Over A Million

The British Museum was again the most popular visitor attraction in the UK in 2016 for the 10th year running.

17 March 2017

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Superflex: Innovative Danish Collective Selected For 2017 Tate Turbine Hall Commission

Superflex the Danish Collective best known for displaying a giant Euro coin on the side of the Hayward Gallery have been chosen to undertake this year’s Hyundai Commission for Tate’s Turbine hall.

17 March 2017

American Black Power Explored In New Tate Summer Exhibition

Black artist in the USA during the Civil Rights movement are to be explored in a new exhibition at Tate Modern. This summer the museum will present Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power.

14 February 2017

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Wolfgang Tillmans – Analogue To The Digital Revolution New Tate Exhibition

Wolfgang Tillmans the Turner Prize-winning artist is presented in a new solo exhibition at Tate Modern. The exhibition concentrates on his practice spreading across different media since 2003.

12 February 2017

The Religious Impulses Of Robert Rauschenberg By Revd Jonathan Evens

One of the most interesting books of art history published in 2016 was Modern Art and the Life of a Culture: The Religious Impulses of Modernism by American academics Jonathan A. Anderson and William A. Dyrness. This book is of interest because it explores the religious (particularly Christian) influences and impulses running through modern art.

30 January 2017

Picasso Exhibition At Tate Modern To Explore Love, Fame And Tragedy

The first solo exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s work ever to be held at Tate Modern was announced today, 30 January.

24 January 2017

Tate’s Giacometti Retrospective To Reunite Iconic Plaster Sculpture Group

Tate Modern’s major Giacometti retrospective will reunite an iconic group of plaster sculptures for the first time since they were made in 1956.

5 December 2016

Rauschenberg Prodigious Powers Of Innovation And Self-invention By Edward Lucie-Smith

I’m always left in two minds about Robert Rauschenberg. On the one hand, there is his enormous influence on the course of today’s contemporary art. Everywhere you look, you see things that came from him. He is a prophetic artist in all sorts of different ways: installation, junk sculpture, fascination with new technologies, performance art, collaborations

8 November 2016

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Sir Elton John Modernist Photography Collection Unveiled At Tate Modern

The first exhibition of Modernist photography from The Sir Elton John Collection ever staged in the UK opens on 10 November 2016 at Tate Modern.

3 October 2016

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Philippe Parreno Turbine Hall Commission Unveiled At Tate Modern

Philippe Parreno, a French artist who works across film, video, sound, sculpture, performance and information technology has his Tate Turbine Hall commission unveiled later today. A key artist of his generation, Parreno explores the borders between reality and fiction and is known for investigating and redefining the gallery-going experience. Parreno sees his exhibitions as choreographed spaces […]

24 September 2016

Wifredo Lam A Life Of Exile And Deracination By Edward Lucie-Smith

The experience of exile, deracination, was fundamental to Wifredo Lam’s career as an artist, even more so that it was too – say – the experience of the Russian emigré artists who left Russia after the Revolution, or that of the born-elsewhere Americans who played such a prominent role in the Abstract Expressionist movement. Lam made a successful career as […]

29 July 2016

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Rauschenberg’s Iconic Goat Set For UK Return After 52 Year Hiatus

Assembled from materials including a stuffed angora goat, a rubber tyre, a tennis ball and a shoe heel, Robert Rauschenberg’s iconic work Monogram 1955-59 is to return to the UK after a 52 year hiatus. The work demonstrates Rauschenberg’s bold challenge to the hierarchical distinction between traditional art materials and everyday objects the work will be one of the […]

22 July 2016

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Tate Modern Receives Unprecedented One Million Visitors In A Month

In a show of unprecedented confidence the new Tate Modern has announced that it has welcomed one million visitors to the new spaces in its first month. The millionth visitor came to the gallery on Tuesday 19 July and an average of 39,000 visitors have come through the doors on each Saturday since the new galleries were opened to the […]

6 July 2016

Georgia O’Keeffe On My Mind Edward Lucie-Smith Surveys The Retrospective

Georgia O’Keeffe, now the subject of a large solo show just opened at Tate Modern, is a slightly odd case in the story of American art. She became famous very early, thanks to the efforts of her patron, lover and eventual husband Alfred Stieglitz, who, in addition to being a leading Modern Movement photographer, was […]

20 June 2016

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Will Tate Modern’s £215m Brick Palace Spend Reverse Visitors Slump

In 2015, BBC art editor Will Gompertz asked, “What can the Tate do to regain those hundreds of thousands of domestic visitors that they have lost?” It was actually a tad more than hundreds of thousands. Tate Modern had over 1 million fewer visitors, its largest fall for over 10 years. Tut, tut. It’s no use […]

16 June 2016

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Tate Builds A New Dream Palace In the forefront of what?

 In this latest opinion piece Edward Lucie-Smith gives us the low down on London’s ‘most significant’ cultural building since the new British Library No-one can doubt that Tate Modern, with its vast new extension, a wonky brick castle designed by Herzog and de Meuron, intends to change the art world. More specifically, the world of contemporary art, now […]

14 June 2016

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Tate Modern Launches Most Important Cultural Building Since New British Library

Tate Modern has previewed the new Herzog & de Meuron,extension to the press and impressive is the only word I can use to describe its splendour. A 21st century cathedral for art, this structure will hold up for centuries to come.The building will officially open to the public on Friday 17 June.  The new Switch House building […]