2 March 2016


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


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


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


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


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Thousands of John Piper’s unpublished photographs From Cornwall to the Isle of Mull are made available on Tate’s website today, many of them of unidentified locations.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


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 […]

29 April 2015


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]

16 September 2014


Matisse Is The Most Successful Exhibition In History Of The Tate

Tate has announced that Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs has received 562,622 visitors. This makes the prestigious exhibition the most popular ever held at Tate; and the first to receive over half a million people through its doors. The record as Tate’s most visited exhibition was previously held by ‘Matisse Picasso’ at Tate Modern with 467,166 […]

7 August 2014


Pre-Raphaelite Paintings Return To Tate After Two Year Road Trip

Tate Britain’s major Pre-Raphaelite works including John Everett Millais’s Ophelia 1851-2 and Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s The Beloved 1865-6 will go back on display from Friday 8 August alongside other key works from the movement. They return home to Tate Britain following an international tour to the US, Russia, Japan and Italy where they were seen […]

1 August 2014


Tate Reveals A Powerful Line-up For 2015 Including Calder, Hepworth And Pollock

The Tate has announced their programme of exciting highlights for its 2015 exhibition programme. Look out for retrospectives of two of the most significant figures in international modern sculpture.  Alexander Calder and Barbara Hepworth plus major exhibitions of the painters Frank Auerbach, Marlene Dumas and Jackson Pollock. Tate Modern will be presenting Alexander Calder in […]

29 July 2014


Tate Secures Tracey Emin My Bed Installation For Long Term Loan

Tracey Emin’s Turner prize nominated ‘My Bed’, which recently sold at Christie’s for £2.5m, a record for the artist, will return to the UK after a long-term loan to Tate is finalised. Full details will be announced in the autumn.   Count Duerckheim the new owner of the installation said: ‘I always admired the honesty […]

27 March 2014


British Museum And Tate Top List Of Worlds Most Popular Institutions

Figures released in an annual survey have placed the British Museum as the second most popular gallery in the world. The Louvre has again topped the roll of the best-attended art museums.  The French institution had 500,000 fewer visitors last year but still managed attendance figures totalling 9.3 million, head and shoulders above other major […]

13 January 2014


Tate Announces Shortlist For New Digital Industry IK Prize

The four shortlisted entries for the first IK Prize, a new annual prize presented by Tate celebrating creative talent in the digital industry, were announced today. They range from robots roaming the galleries, to an interactive video, stories told via social media, and an art experience in the online gaming world of Minecraft. The shortlisted […]

17 October 2013


Tate Acquires Muffled Drums As Part Of Frieze Outset Fund

Four cutting edge works of art have been acquired as gifts to the Tate Collection thanks to The Outset /Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection. The Fund enables Tate to acquire works by emerging and leading international artists from London’s Frieze Art Fair. This year £150,000 has been made available for the […]

17 October 2013


Peter Capaldi, Frank Skinner and Alan Cumming Unlock Art History

The ‘Thick of It’ actor Peter Capaldi, comedian Frank Skinner and national treasure Alan Cumming are among the celebrities joining forces in a new series of films which aims to unlock big ideas that have shaped art history. ‘Unlock Art’ is a collaboration with the Tate and offers the culturally curious a stimulating, imaginative and witty […]

30 September 2013


Tate Given Generous £150k Fund For Frieze Outset Purchases

Tate will announce details of the works which have been acquired at this year’s Frieze Art Fair through the Outset/Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection at a special event at Tate Britain on Thursday 17 October 2013. The Fund enables Tate to buy important work by emerging artists for the national collection […]

20 September 2013


Tate and Bloomberg Join Forces To Launch New Creative Space

Tate’s ambitious digital strategy was highlighted this week at the launch of a pioneering new project called Bloomberg Connects. This will enable members of the public to show their own interpretation of the art at Tate Modern. Seventy-five screens in total, over half cascading in a spine on the walls throughout the building, will display […]

20 September 2013


Damien Hirst Helps Tate Have Bumper Year Despite Government Cuts

The Damien Hirst exhibition has helped Tate have one of its most successful years ever in 2012-13 and has moved forward on a number of different fronts despite the challenging economic climate and government cuts. Tate’s Annual Press Conference today marked the publication of its Annual Report 2012-13 outlining the artistic, social and economic contribution […]

3 September 2013


Tate Purchases Martin Creed’s Turner Prize Winning Light Installation

The Tate has acquired Martin Creed’s Turner Prize winning installation ‘No 227: The lights going on and off’ It will now be added to the gallery’s permanent collection. Consisting of an empty room where lights are switched on and off every five seconds, it caused quite a stir when it was first exhibited in 2001. […]

22 July 2013


Tate Chair Lord Browne Calls For New Arts Funding Model

Chair of the Tate, Lord Browne of Madingley recently spoke at the Royal Society of Arts arguing we need to adopt a new model of funding which strikes a balance between state funding and private philanthropy. The history of philanthropy shows that state provision is only a recent phenomenon. From ancient Greece to Andrew Carnegie, […]

21 June 2013


Worlds Largest Publicly Led Art Exhibition Launched For Summer

Members of the public can choose great British artworks to be part of the world’s largest art exhibition, on view on streets around the UK this summer, by selecting their favourite work from a list published on 21 June on artweverywhere.org.uk. To help bring extraordinary art to billboards and bus-stops across Britain the public can […]