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Thousands of John Piper’s unpublished photographs From Cornwall to the Isle of Mull are made available on Tate’s website today, many of them of unidentified locations.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

22 September 2014

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Real-Time Turner

Late Turner – Painting Set Free, Tate Britain by artseer.wordpress.com Turner did not take much of a retirement.  In 1851, the year he died, he missed the annual exhibitions; but the previous year, aged seventy-five, there he was at the Royal Academy, with four large oils to display.  During the final fifteen years of the […]

16 September 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

15 June 2014

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Straw Men and Quilts – British Folk Art, Tate Britain

Alison Black, artseer.wordpress.com In the days before box sets, multiplex cinemas and a gastro-pub on every high street, what was a courting couple to do during the evenings?  Without Walter White and some triple fried polenta wedges, Herbert Bellamy and his wife-to-be Charlotte Springall, had to find something else to occupy their time together in the months […]

3 June 2014

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Beyond Civilisation – Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation

Tate Britain Alison Black artseer.wordpress.com If you are looking for Civilisation in Tate Britain’s Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation, you will have to keep on looking until the sixth and final room of the exhibition.  And when you do find the 1960s television series, all you will see is a smallish screen showing clips on […]

27 March 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

25 September 2013

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Ministructures: Tate Modern

As part of our Ministructures series, artist Lucy Sparrow has made felt versions of London’s landmarks. For each iconic building she stitches, we meet a Londoner connected with it. This week, we talk to James Pockson, 24, an architectural assistant working on the Tate Modern extension. Hi James! What do you think makes Tate Modern so great?‘Visually it’s so […]

20 September 2013

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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

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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 […]