8 February 2017

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Queer Art Programme To Mark 50 Years Of UK LGBTQ Decriminalisation

UK Museums are working on a series of nationwide exhibitions to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, the legislation that partially decriminalised male homosexuality in England and Wales in 1967.

11 January 2017

Maria Balshaw To Replace Nicholas Serota As New Director Of Tate

Maria Balshaw the Director of the award-winning Whitworth Gallery and Manchester City Galleries is to be appointed Director of Tate. She will succeed Sir Nicholas Serota, for one of the most powerful jobs in the international museum world.

9 January 2017

Tate Announces Open Art School Exchange Associates Programme

Tate Exchange Associates which includes organisations from the arts, health, education and the charitable sectors invites the public to collaborate on an unprecedented scale in a free, ground-breaking new programme at Tate Modern, from 9 January 2017.

23 December 2016

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The Art World NOW – Deconstructing The Avant-Garde By Edward Lucie-Smith

During the last few years, the world of contemporary art has undergone a number of drastic changes, which many leading participants seem extremely reluctant to acknowledge.

13 December 2016

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Oscar Wilde Portrait Returns To UK After 100 Year Hiatus

Oscar Wilde’s prized full-length portrait by Robert Harper Pennington which took pride of place in his marital home is to return to the UK, this spring when Tate Britain will host the first exhibition dedicated to queer British art.

30 September 2016

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Tate Frieze £150k Acquisition Fund A Decisive Contribution To The National Collection

This year, £150,000 has been made available for the Fund. With Tate’s annual government grant for acquisitions effectively frozen since 1982, the Fund provides a much-needed contribution toward Tate’s ongoing campaign to develop the collection.  Details of the works, which have been acquired by Tate through the 2016 Frieze Tate Fund to benefit the Tate Collection, will be […]

27 August 2016

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Artlyst’s Bumper London Autumn Art Season Preview The Best Only

Artlyst is pleased to present our curated guide to the best London exhibitions premiering this autumn. A  number of exciting blockbuster, museum exhibitions, International Art Fairs, and the best emerging art shows are just some of the tempting offerings to expect. There is so much happening in London over the next few months, it is disconcerting but […]

26 June 2016

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Brexit Turns A Cruel Spotlight On British Metropolitan Cultural Institutions

The Brexit vote has not come at a happy moment for the various Tate galleries. The new extension of Tate Modern, launched the moment before the vote in a blaze of publicity, was immediately swamped by thousands of visitors. Yet the vote very clearly demonstrates the huge cultural gap that exists between the cultural elites who live and work in London, […]

9 June 2016

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Gregor Muir Appointed Director of Collection International Art at Tate

Gregor Muir (b.1964) has been appointed Director of Collection, International Art at Tate. He succeeds Frances Morris, now Director, Tate Modern, who held the position from 2006. In this senior role, Gregor will lead the development of Tate’s collection of international art and supervise the international acquisitions’ strategy as well as research and advisory roles associated […]

12 May 2016

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Queer British Art 1861-1967

Tate Britain presents the first UK show to focus exclusively on queer British art, marking the 50 year anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England. Featuring works from the Pre-Raphaelites to Francis Bacon, the show explores how artists expressed themselves in a time when established assumptions about gender and sexuality were being questioned and transformed. Deeply personal and intimate works […]

26 March 2016

Tate And Barbican Focus On Heavy Hitting Spring Photography Exhibitions

It’s interesting to compare the curatorial approaches to the two densely comprehensive photography group shows on at the the moment: ‘Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers’ at the Barbican, curated by Martin Parr and ‘Performing for the Camera’ at Tate Britain, for which Simon Baker was the lead curator. Parr and Baker […]

12 March 2016

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Oil Multinational BP Pulls Sponsorship Deal With Tate From 2017

This is the result a number of protest groups had worked towards for a number of years, the multinational Oil company BP is now to end all sponsorship with Tate from 2017. The oil giant has expressed plans not to renew their contract with the  museums as a result of public protest which has had a […]

9 March 2016

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Sir Elton John Collection Of 20th Century Photography Exhibited At Tate

A major new exhibition which draws from one of the world’s greatest private collections of photography and presents an unrivalled selection of classic modernist images from the 1920s to the 1950s – a crucial moment in the history of the medium. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see remarkable works up-close by more than sixty artists […]

2 March 2016

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Georgia O’Keeffe London Retrospective To Exhibit Most Expensive Work By Woman Artist

The highly anticipated Georgia O’Keeffe retrospective opening at Tate Modern this summer is set to include the recently auctioned flower painting, Jimson Weed, White Flower No. 1 1932. This iconic painting is an important example of the artist’s investigations into still life, and particularly the flowers for which she is most famous. The floral painting by the late US artist sold […]

15 January 2016

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Phyllida Barlow Becomes 40th Artist In Celebrated Artist Rooms Collection

Phyllida Barlow will be the fortieth artist to join the ARTIST ROOMS collection the collection at The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) and Tate. Her first ARTIST ROOMS work, gifted by the artist, is untitled: upturnedhouse, 2, made in 2012, will go on display at Tate Modern from 14 January 2016. Begun in 2008 through the exceptional generosity of Anthony d’Offay, […]

30 December 2015

Top UK Art Exhibitions of 2015 By Sara Faith

My favourite exhibition of 2015 had to be the Richard Diebenkorn at the Royal Academy.  His love of paint, brushstrokes, colour and composition exuded and filled the rooms in the Sackler wing.  So rare to have an exhibition that didn’t have a bad painting in the whole show. This was closely followed by the James […]

14 December 2015

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Ed Ruscha: American Pop Artist Donates Print Collection To Tate

The American Pop Artist artist Ed Ruscha has donated to the national collection one impression of all future prints he creates in his lifetime. Ruscha (b.1937) is widely regarded as one of the world’s most important living artists with a career spanning six decades. These new works will be gifted to Tate and will allow public museums […]

28 September 2015

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Artists Pledge Not To Accept Sponsorship Money From Oil Companies

Over 200  artists and arts organisations pledged not to accept sponsorship money from oil companies. The signatories include fourth plinth artist Hans Haacke,  Jem Finer, Raoul Martinez (UK), Steve Lambert (US), and The Yes Men (US) A ‘Fossil Funds Free’ icon will now appear on participants work. The ”fossil funds free” pledge is part of a campaign […]

11 August 2015

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Tate Asks You Identify John Piper Locations In Photo Archive

Thousands of John Piper’s unpublished photographs From Cornwall to the Isle of Mull are made available on Tate’s website today, many of them of unidentified locations. Piper originally began taking the photographs when he worked with John Betjeman on the Shell County Guides, capturing shots of ruined abbeys, churches, old shop fronts and country inns, often fascinated by […]

20 July 2015

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Terry Frost Centenary Exhibition Announced For Tate St Ives

The British artist Terry Frost (1915 – 2003) is explored for his centenary in a new exhibition at Tate St Ives. A selection of the artist’s most significant paintings with collages and sculpture from public and private collections across the UK. Looking at Frost’s work through ideas of performance, construction and colour, the exhibition takes a fresh perspective […]

4 June 2015

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Fig2 – Week 17 – 27 April-3 May – Charlotte Moth – The Story of a Different Thought (by AJ Dehany)

Week 17 – Charlotte Moth – 27 April-3 May – The Story of a Different Thought Fig2 – Week 17 – 27 April-3 May – Charlotte Moth – The Story of a Different Thought (by AJ Dehany) When Max Ernst was six years old his beloved pink cockatoo Hornebom died on the same day that his […]

29 April 2015

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Tate Releases Henri Gaudier-Brzeska sketchbooks As Part Of Online Archive

Enthusiasts from all over the globe can now view Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s unpublished sketchbooks as the second wave of items for the Archives and Access project is made available on Tate’s website.  The project draws on the world’s largest archive of British Art – Tate Archive – and brings it together online with Tate’s art collection, making this […]

24 April 2015

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Director Chris Dercon: To Leave Tate Modern To Run Prestigious Theatre

Artlyst had previously noticed an alarming trend with the seeming exodus of London’s leading museum directors. This includes the resignation of Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum, Dr. Nicolas Penny retiring from the National Gallery, and Director Penelope Curtis resigning from Tate Britain – everyone seems to be jumping ship just before a […]

10 April 2015

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Tate’s Chris Dercon Rumoured Resignation NPG’s Sandy Nairne Bows Out

Artlyst is not normally one for conspiracy theories, but we have noticed an alarming trend with the seeming exodus of London’s leading museum directors. This includes the resignation of Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum, Dr. Nicolas Penny retiring from the National Gallery, and Director Penelope Curtis resigning from Tate Britain – everyone […]

20 February 2015

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Work By Convicted Child Abuser Graham Ovenden Reinstated On Tate Website

All works by the British artist Graham Ovenden were removed from Tate’s website in 2013, after the artist was found guilty of indecency and indecent assault against two children that had modelled for him. Now the Tate has reinstated images of three abstract landscapes in their permanent collection by the convicted child abuser on the […]

5 February 2015

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Some Curators Think They Are More Important Than The Art Itself

Why put on an exhibition? What’s the point? The term curator comes from the Latin ‘curare’, “to look after”, simply meaning to care for a group of items, including cataloguing, conservation, and by extension academic research and education. When an exhibition is planned, the curators are tasked with moulding themselves to whatever agenda the display […]

28 January 2015

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Tate Finally Discloses BP Sponsorship Figures

After Tate Gallery management was ordered by an Information Tribunal to give details of its BP sponsorship between 1990-2006, in a case brought by environmental campaigners, giving it 35 days to come forward with the information; this week marks a significant victory for activists campaigning for Tate to drop its controversial sponsorship deal with oil […]

31 December 2014

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First Dutch Matisse Survey In 60 Years Announced

After Tate’s critically acclaimed exhibition of Matisse’s cut-outs, Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum has announced “The Oasis of Matisse,” the first Matisse survey in the Netherlands in over 60 years, set to open in late March 2015. The exhibition will cover over 100 works borrowed from 30 collections, and will feature more Matisse works shown together than […]

24 December 2014

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Tate Ordered To Reveal BP Sponsorship Figures After Ruling

After Tate gallery management appeared before an Information Tribunal to defend their right to withhold details of the galleries’ financial relationship with oil company and Tate sponsor BP; the institution has been ordered to give those very details of its BP sponsorship between 1990-2006, in a case brought by environmental campaigners. previously Richard Aydon, Tate’s […]

16 December 2014

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Tate Puts Unpublished Archival Material Of British Artists Online

The Tate Gallery has announced that intimate love letters from Paul Nash to his wife, touching family photographs of Jacob Epstein, unpublished images revealing Eduardo Paolozzi’s playful nature, 45 volumes of Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture records and correspondence from William Nicholson to his son Ben are among the first batch of items to be made available […]

15 October 2014

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Tate Acquires 100th Work For Its Collection From Frieze Art Fair

Tate has acquired 100 works as an addition to their collection thanks to The Outset /Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection. The selection panel includes Agustín Pérez Rubio (Artistic Director, MALBA, Buenos Aires) and Laurence Rassel (Director, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona) and also Frances Morris (Head of Collections, International Art, Tate), Ann […]

10 October 2014

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Will Tate Reveal Information Of Its Corporate Sponsorship Deals With BP

Tate gallery management have appeared before an Information Tribunal to defend their right to withhold details of the galleries’ financial relationship with oil company and Tate sponsor BP. Richard Aydon, Tate’s Head of Legal, admitted that Tate fears that “protests might intensify” if the raw facts of the sponsorship were to be revealed, The Arts […]