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 […]

13 June 2016

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Artist Places Real Heads In Iconic Art Galleries To Create Artwork

A new interactive art project entitled ‘Put Your Head into Gallery’ presents four different models of famous galleries’ rooms. The project also involves exhibitions of different artists in above-mentioned spaces: Saatchi Gallery (Tezi Gabunia), The Louvre (Rubens), Tate Modern (Hirst), Gagosian Gallery (Liechtenstein). Transportable feature of the models makes these galleries accessible for everyone. Moreover, anyone can look […]

9 June 2016

Bhupen Khakhar Naive Painter Or Brutally Effective Ironist

Appropriately entitled ‘You Can’t Please All’, the show at Tate Modern for this celebrated Indian artist is first international respective of his work to be held anywhere since his death in 2003. The handlist to the exhibition rashly asserts that Khakhar ‘played a central role in modern Indian art.’ This claim is difficult to sustain because one of the […]

18 May 2016

Mona Hatoum: Hair, Electricity And Barbed Wire Tate Modern

Mona Hatoum’s work, as collected together in this retrospective, neatly straddles recent preoccupations at the great institution where it currently resides. There’s quite a lot to do with performance art, though the artist seems to have moved away from this in recent years. There are political echoes from the ever-turbulent Middle East. Hatoum was born in Beirut to a Palestinian family in […]

4 May 2016

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Mona Hatoum Expansive Career Exhibited At Tate Modern

The first UK survey of the work of Mona Hatoum opens today at Tate Modern in London. Hatoum (born in 1952) is one of the most important artists of her generation. Drawing on her expansive career, this exhibition reflects 35 years of consistently poetic and radical thinking expressed through a diverse range of media. It presents around 100 works […]

14 April 2016

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Tate Modern Paves The Way For A New Era Of Contemporary Art Programmes

Tate Modern has unveiled plans for entirely new collection displays, 75% of which will have been acquired since 2000, opening on 17 June 2016. The new displays will demonstrate how the collection has been transformed since Tate Modern first opened. The world’s most popular gallery of modern art will be even more international, diverse and engaging, […]

7 March 2016

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Tate Modern Losing Visitors As Figures Drop To Ten Year Low

Tate Modern and The Southbank Centre both suffered large falls in visitor numbers in 2015 with 18% and 19% drops respectively. Tate Modern’s 4.7 million visitors was the lowest for 10 years, however figures are expected to improve this year following the highly anticipated Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition and the opening of the venue’s new extension this summer. A spokesperson […]

4 December 2015

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Clara M. Kim And Nancy Ireson Appointed As New Curators At Tate Modern

Tate has announced two new appointments to its curatorial team. Clara Kim has been appointed The Daskalopoulos Senior Curator, International Art (Africa, Asia & Middle East). Nancy Ireson has been appointed as Curator, International Art. Both will be taking up their positions in the coming months, ahead of the opening of the new Tate Modern […]

10 November 2015

Alexander Calder: A Circus Of Form And Movement At Tate Modern

Walking into the Tate Modern’s latest exhibition dedicated to the kinetic sculptures of the American giant Alexander Calder, one can’t help being struck by the playfulness of the works.  The wire portraits of his artist friends such as Joan Miro and Fernand Leger project shadows on the white walls.  His critics have accurately described these […]

10 November 2015

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Alexander Calder: Kinetic Sculpture Pioneer Stirs Tate Modern Curators Podcast

The UK’s largest ever exhibition of Alexander Calder (1898-1976) is currently on at London’s Tate Modern. Calder is considered one of the most innovative artists of the 20th century and a pioneer of kinetic sculpture. He played an essential role in shaping the history of modernism. Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture brings together approximately 100 works […]

12 October 2015

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Abraham Cruzvillegas Unveils His Hyundai Commission At Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall

Tate Modern has unveiled the inaugural Hyundai Commission which replaces the Unilever Commission in the Turbine Hall by Abraham Cruzvillegas. The first in a new series of annual site-specific commissions by renowned international artists, Empty Lot is a large new sculpture provoking questions about the city and nature, as well as wider ideas of chance, change, and […]

23 September 2015

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Tate Modern Extension To Open In 2016

London’s Tate Modern gallery said Tuesday it will open its new extension on 17 June next year, a development which expands its gallery space by 60 percent. Tate Modern, housed in a former power plant on the River Thames in London, is getting a new, 10-storey Switch House building shaped like a twisted pyramid. The […]

22 August 2015

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London Art Calendar’s Fiery Re-ignition: What’s In Store For September 2015

August is a notoriously quiet month in London’s artistic calendar. A time of year witness to the widespread fleeing of the capital’s resident art impresarios from its otherwise innocuous grip, the month sees many exhibitions at their tail end pulling in the final throngs of visitors. By the time September 1 rears its head however, […]

28 July 2015

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Robert Rauschenberg

Tate Modern will present the first posthumous retrospective of Robert Rauschenberg, also his first comprehensive exhibition in the UK for almost thirty-five years. Co-organised with MoMA in New York, each chapter of Rauschenberg’s long career will be represented by important works, among which will be a stellar selection of his legendary Combines – hybrids between painting and sculpture – as […]

28 July 2015

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Robert Rauschenberg Retrospective Exhibitions Announced For Tate Modern And MoMa

The American Artist Robert Rauschenberg is to have a retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern in 2016. This will be the first  since his death in 2008. It will also be the first comprehensive show of his practice in the UK for almost 35 years. The exhibition is a collaboration with New York’s Museum of Modern Art, keeping […]

27 July 2015

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Georgia O’Keeffe Retrospective Announced For Tate Modern In Summer 2016

A major exhibition devoted to the American artist Georgia O’Keeffe has been announced by Tate Modern for summer 2016. This founding figure of American modernism will be the first large-scale, monographic show of her work in the UK for more than twenty years. This ambitious and wide-ranging overview will reassess O’Keeffe’s place in the canon of modern art, charting her progression from early abstract experiments […]

13 June 2015

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Liberate Tate Protest Hots Up As Gallery Closes For The Day

Saturday 13 June, Tate Modern has been taken over by protesters from Liberate Tate an organisation committed to ending the relationship between Tate and the oil giant BP. Over 70 artists have invaded the Turbine Hall for an unauthorised performance in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, Members of the art collective have titled the performance ‘Time Piece’, it […]

2 June 2015

Agnes Martin: Blink And You May Miss The Entire Point Of Her Practice

Agnes Martin is not an easy artist to warm to at a first glance. In fact, if you blink, much of her work is so subtle you can miss the entire point of her practice. It is without a doubt work that must be experienced first hand by a gallery visit, not through photographic reproduction. It […]