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Work of the Week is by British photographer Hannah Starkey who describes her images as exploring 'women's lives through ...
11/11/2019

Work of the Week is by British photographer Hannah Starkey who describes her images as exploring 'women's lives through their everyday interactions'. Her carefully planned and directed compositions fuse influences from painting and cinema, but she withholds the possibility of any narrative conclusion, leaving viewers to construct their own fictions.

📷 Untitled - March 1999. http://bit.ly/2Xa5nQn

ART WORDS: Ink is an ancient writing and drawing medium in liquid or paste form, traditionally black or brown in colour ...
11/11/2019

ART WORDS: Ink is an ancient writing and drawing medium in liquid or paste form, traditionally black or brown in colour – though it can also contain other colours.

Marlene Dumas' 'Magdalena' paintings (two shown here) were painted in Indian ink, thinned with water which was brushed on in washes and then built up in layers. Dumas' ink paintings were worked quickly, flat on the floor, and completed in one session. http://bit.ly/34OxJ5j

Is there a song that reminds you of your childhood? 🎶  Duncan Grant, Girl at the Piano 1940 http://bit.ly/34Hhsiv
10/11/2019

Is there a song that reminds you of your childhood? 🎶

Duncan Grant, Girl at the Piano 1940 http://bit.ly/34Hhsiv

'Creeping Buttercup' is one of a series of etchings in Michael Landy’s portfolio 'Nourishment'. The etchings are all m...
10/11/2019

'Creeping Buttercup' is one of a series of etchings in Michael Landy’s portfolio 'Nourishment'. The etchings are all meticulous, life-sized studies of individual weeds that Landy found growing in the street. He has described why he was drawn to these ‘street flowers’: ‘they are marvellous, optimistic things... They occupy an urban landscape which is very hostile and they have to be adaptable and find little bits of soil to prosper.'

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Michael Landy, Creeping Buttercup 2002, available to view by appointment in Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Room. http://bit.ly/2K2Q076

📺 Nam June Paik made eerily accurate predictions about the future of technology. 16 years before the World Wide Web, ...
09/11/2019

📺 Nam June Paik made eerily accurate predictions about the future of technology. 16 years before the World Wide Web, Paik coined the term ‘Electronic Super Highway’ which he theorised would connect cities through satellites, cables and fibre optics. ‘It will become our springboard for new and surprising human endeavours' he predicted.

Discover Paik's innovative eye and mesmerising experimental works, viewable now at Tate Modern: http://bit.ly/2qzddqF

Tristram Hillier (1905-1983) was one of the most distinctive British artists of the 20th century. He created intense pai...
09/11/2019

Tristram Hillier (1905-1983) was one of the most distinctive British artists of the 20th century. He created intense paintings, filled with symbols that intrigue and evoke a sense of other-worldliness.

Catch a major retrospective of the artist’s work, opening today at The Museum of Somerset. http://bit.ly/2pRTKkU

Tristram Hillier, La Route des Alpes 1937, Tate collection

'I want a picture that is figurative but ageless’ Ed Ruscha noted in a sketchbook before making this pastel drawing, '...
08/11/2019

'I want a picture that is figurative but ageless’ Ed Ruscha noted in a sketchbook before making this pastel drawing, 'Miracle'. The beam of light could be seen as that of a cinema projector, referring to the miracle of moving pictures.

See the work on display in the artist's free ARTIST ROOMS exhibition at Tate Modern. http://bit.ly/2NPsxHG

Mikhail Karikis’s film Children of Unquiet (2013–14), showing at Tate St Ives, orchestrates a children’s take-over...
08/11/2019

Mikhail Karikis’s film Children of Unquiet (2013–14), showing at Tate St Ives, orchestrates a children’s take-over of an industrial village abandoned by their parents’ generation. 📽️ Visit and watch before 5 January 2020. http://bit.ly/2K0VkI2

Theaster Gates is coming to Tate Liverpool!Ahead of the artist's first major UK exhibition, there's an exciting and rare...
07/11/2019

Theaster Gates is coming to Tate Liverpool!

Ahead of the artist's first major UK exhibition, there's an exciting and rare opportunity to hear Gates discussing his career on 12 December at the Museum of Liverpool. During the talk, he will share his thoughts about his ongoing artistic endeavours and socially engaged artistic practice. Book here: http://bit.ly/2oXhVhr

📷 Installation views of Amalgam at the Palais de Tokyo. Photos by Chris Strong.

TATE WEATHER: It's cold but crisp today. ⛅ We're reminded of John Everett Millais’s autumnal painting of dew droplet...
07/11/2019

TATE WEATHER: It's cold but crisp today. ⛅ We're reminded of John Everett Millais’s autumnal painting of dew droplets caught by the morning sun – a subject he feared ‘might be unpaintable.’

See the painting on free display at Tate Britain, in Walk Through British Art: 1840 Gallery. http://bit.ly/2Cn8oU4

The thick black outlines and bold colours in Patrick Caulfield's 'Pottery' are characteristic of much of the artist's pa...
06/11/2019

The thick black outlines and bold colours in Patrick Caulfield's 'Pottery' are characteristic of much of the artist's paintings. He said that this work in particular 'was an excuse for me to use a lot of colour'. 🎨🎨🎨
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Patrick Caulfield, Pottery 1969, Tate collection

05/11/2019
Introducing Mark Leckey

‘There's a feeling that our best days are behind us.’

We spoke to Mark Leckey about his video collage which captures the experience of growing up in the 1970s-90s, and the nostalgia, fear and anxieties of his generation. 🎥 Watch the full film: http://bit.ly/2NhUokp

WORK OF THE WEEK is Tsuyoshi Maekawa's 'Two Junctions' 1962. Maekawa was interested in the performative nature of painti...
05/11/2019

WORK OF THE WEEK is Tsuyoshi Maekawa's 'Two Junctions' 1962. Maekawa was interested in the performative nature of painting. To create this work, Maekawa lay pieces of burlap, a textile used to make jute rice bags, onto a canvas, then cut, sewed and folded the material. He then poured and dripped coloured paint over the textured surface, producing an abstract image that transcends the flatness of painting. http://bit.ly/2PUsbCh

See the work on free display at Tate Modern.

American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe was born on this day in 1946.This late self-portrait was taken a few months be...
04/11/2019

American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe was born on this day in 1946.

This late self-portrait was taken a few months before Mapplethorpe died from an AIDS-related illness in 1989. In the photograph he looks straight ahead, as if looking death in the face, and he photographs his head very slightly out of focus (compared with his hand) to suggest a gradual fading away.

Robert Mapplethorpe, Self Portrait 1988, ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. http://bit.ly/338AXQC

📢 Look up London! Over 600 billboards in every London borough have been unveiled today in Steve McQueen’s epic Year...
04/11/2019

📢 Look up London! Over 600 billboards in every London borough have been unveiled today in Steve McQueen’s epic Year 3 Project — one of the most ambitious visual portraits of citizenship ever undertaken: http://bit.ly/2JN9M6p

The work offers us a glimpse of the capital’s future, a hopeful portrait of a generation to come.

Steve McQueen’s Year 3 Project is a partnership between ARTANGEL, Tate & A New Direction.

Art Words: 'The Ancients' were a group of artists who formed around the visionary artist and poet William Blake in the l...
03/11/2019

Art Words: 'The Ancients' were a group of artists who formed around the visionary artist and poet William Blake in the last years before his death in 1827, led by Samuel Palmer. The group named themselves 'The Ancients' to suggest that as the Industrial Revolution burgeoned, they instead were looking back to a better age.

Samuel Palmer, Coming from Evening Church 1830, on free display at Tate Britain. http://bit.ly/34pKNOy

What does your weekend sound like? 🎵🎵🎵🎵🎵William Chase, The Keynote 1915, Tate collection. http://bit.ly/2...
03/11/2019

What does your weekend sound like?
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William Chase, The Keynote 1915, Tate collection. http://bit.ly/2PH8TQw

'Are there pirates in the Turbine Hall?' 💭 - Larome, aged 10 Kara Walker's 'Fons Americanus' is stirring our curiosit...
02/11/2019

'Are there pirates in the Turbine Hall?' 💭 - Larome, aged 10

Kara Walker's 'Fons Americanus' is stirring our curiosity! Find out the questions kids have been asking about this year's Hyundai Commission: http://bit.ly/2qefebm

Where's your favourite place to watch the sunrise? 🌅JMW Turner, Norham Castle, Sunrise c.1845 on free display at Tate...
02/11/2019

Where's your favourite place to watch the sunrise? 🌅

JMW Turner, Norham Castle, Sunrise c.1845 on free display at Tate Britain. http://bit.ly/2QmX3NF

Tate Weather: The dark evenings have officially set in. 🌙The sky's beginning to resemble Félix Vallotton's painted s...
01/11/2019

Tate Weather: The dark evenings have officially set in. 🌙
The sky's beginning to resemble Félix Vallotton's painted sky from 1922 in the South of France. http://bit.ly/2oCgg0B

🕷️ Who's feeling spooooky?This photomontage by Dora Maar was made by sandwiching together two negatives and printin...
31/10/2019

🕷️ Who's feeling spooooky?

This photomontage by Dora Maar was made by sandwiching together two negatives and printing them as one image. It's thought that Maar may have created the work to advertise an anti-ageing cream in 1936. The title 'Les années vous guettent' translates as 'The years are waiting for you.' 🕸️ http://bit.ly/2JzPPj9

Dora Maar, Les années vous guettent 1936, Private Collection © Estate of Dora Maar / DACS 2019, All Rights Reserved.

Happy Halloween! 💀💀💀💀💀💀Edward Burra's Dancing Skeletons, painted in 1934. http://bit.ly/2JzGoR6
31/10/2019

Happy Halloween! 💀💀💀💀💀💀

Edward Burra's Dancing Skeletons, painted in 1934. http://bit.ly/2JzGoR6

Join us next week at Tate Modern to experience a stirring performance lecture by Otobong Nkanga. One of the most excitin...
30/10/2019

Join us next week at Tate Modern to experience a stirring performance lecture by Otobong Nkanga. One of the most exciting artists working today, Nkanga’s drawings, installations, photographs and sculptures address complex and fraught histories around the politics of land and its relationship to the body. Following her performance, Nkanga will be in conversation with Tate St Ives Director Anne Barlow.

Book here: http://bit.ly/34gdk96

'I would like my pictures to look as if a human being has passed by them, like a snail leaving its trail of the human pr...
30/10/2019

'I would like my pictures to look as if a human being has passed by them, like a snail leaving its trail of the human presence... as a snail leaves its slime.' - Francis Bacon

This work is currently on display at Chiostro del Bramante in Rome. http://bit.ly/2MZrshb

29/10/2019
Meet artist Otobong Nkanga

Otobong Nkanga works with textile, drawing, photography, installation, video and performance to investigate the relationship between people and land through our consumption of Earth’s natural resources. ⁣'From Where I Stand' at Tate St Ives is the artist's first UK museum exhibition.

Watch the full film about Nkanga's work here: http://bit.ly/34e9cq5

Drop by for 'Testing, testing, testing' at Tate Modern, a free afternoon of moving, drawing and making with young artist...
29/10/2019
Testing, Testing, Testing – Workshop at Tate Modern | Tate

Drop by for 'Testing, testing, testing' at Tate Modern, a free afternoon of moving, drawing and making with young artists from Heart n Soul and Corali Dance Company. Go on an immersive journey inspired by the Olafur Eliasson: in real life exhibition or make a dance inspired by the collection.

📅 Saturday 9 November
🕢 1 - 4pm
📍 Tate Modern
💰 Free
💻 http://bit.ly/2PzD3W1

​Drop by or take up residence for the afternoon at this pan-disability event for everyone

28/10/2019
Kara Walker's 'Fons Americanus'

⛲ On 16 December, blind and partially sighted visitors and companions are invited to join us for an audio described tour of Kara Walker’s 2019 Hyundai Commission in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall. It's free and begins at 10.30am.

🎥 Find out more about the sculpture here: http://bit.ly/2Wp7DmC

Work of the Week is James Barnor's photo of American boxing legend Muhammad Ali, training for a fight in London in 1966....
28/10/2019

Work of the Week is James Barnor's photo of American boxing legend Muhammad Ali, training for a fight in London in 1966. This is one of six photographs in Tate’s collection taken by James Barnor throughout London's ‘swinging Sixties’. http://bit.ly/34120NY

27/10/2019
Keith Haring at Tate Liverpool

Keith Haring (1958-1990) believed in the power of art and people to change the world. 'Art should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it.'

Only two weeks left to see a lifetime of Haring's art and activism in the artist's major exhibition at Tate Liverpool. Full film here: http://bit.ly/2os7bYc

What's been your favourite exhibition in 2019?Frank Bowling's Mirror 1964–6, from the artist's major retrospective in ...
27/10/2019

What's been your favourite exhibition in 2019?

Frank Bowling's Mirror 1964–6, from the artist's major retrospective in the summer. http://bit.ly/345HxHV

Remember the clocks go back tonight as we prepare for dark nights and chilly mornings. 🕰️ How will you spend your e...
26/10/2019

Remember the clocks go back tonight as we prepare for dark nights and chilly mornings. 🕰️ How will you spend your extra hour?

Paula Rego, Pomagne 1996 http://bit.ly/33WARvw

Discover August Sander’s monumental photography project in a free ARTIST ROOMS exhibition, open now at National Museum...
26/10/2019

Discover August Sander’s monumental photography project in a free ARTIST ROOMS exhibition, open now at National Museum Cardiff (Amgueddfa Cymru).

From farmers, policemen and politicians to bricklayers, secretaries and artists, Sander's powerful portraits are an honest portrayal of German society that capture the humanity and individuality of his subjects. http://bit.ly/2qK4ySh

© Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur - August Sander Archive, Cologne / DACS 2019

Last chance to see Isaac Julien's ground-breaking film 'Looking for Langston' at Tate Britain. http://bit.ly/2McmSueBrea...
25/10/2019

Last chance to see Isaac Julien's ground-breaking film 'Looking for Langston' at Tate Britain. http://bit.ly/2McmSue

Breaking down common divides between art forms, this film brings together poetry and image to look at the private world of the Black artists and writers who were part of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. The work explores Black, queer desire in a setting which has no clear time or place, addressing the experiences faced by queer people of colour and retaining a sense of urgency and relevance today. See before 17 November 2019.

Drowned Orchard: Secret Boatyard 2014 by Lubaina Himid sees a line of 16 long wooden planks, each hand-painted with moti...
24/10/2019

Drowned Orchard: Secret Boatyard 2014 by Lubaina Himid sees a line of 16 long wooden planks, each hand-painted with motifs drawn from both the natural and mythological worlds, as well as maritime history and the artist’s own visual vocabulary. The work was partially inspired by Himid's personal experience travelling in South Korea, and in particular, iconography she encountered in the Gwangju Folk Museum and The National Folk Museum of Korea in Seoul. ‘I found some of the most beautiful and strangely familiar objects I had ever seen.’ http://bit.ly/2MHpPob

Celebrate Black History Month by joining one of our free Ten Minute Talks on BAME art and artists led by Tate staff and ...
24/10/2019

Celebrate Black History Month by joining one of our free Ten Minute Talks on BAME art and artists led by Tate staff and volunteers. Each guide will share their unique and personal responses to artworks at Tate Modern http://bit.ly/2p8j31C and Tate Britain. http://bit.ly/2Wcf545

Join a talk to support and celebrate. They're all free.⁣

'A Black Model' by Unknown artist, c.1830–40, on display at Tate Britain.

Art Words: Formed in Wolverhampton, England, in 1979, the Blk Art Group was an association of young Black artists who, i...
23/10/2019

Art Words: Formed in Wolverhampton, England, in 1979, the Blk Art Group was an association of young Black artists who, inspired by the Black Arts Movement, raised questions about what Black art was and what it could become in the future. The group sought to empower Black artists as well as encourage young white artists to be more socially relevant in their practice.

Artists include Lubaina Himid, Eddie Chambers, Dominic Dawes, Claudette Johnson, Keith Piper, Donald Rodney and Marlene Smith. This painting is Donald Rodney's 'How the West was Won' which he painted aged 21. Rodney suffered from sickle cell anaemia and died aged 36, in 1998. http://bit.ly/345vZ7B

What makes an artwork funny?Anthea Hamilton is known for her often-humorous sculptures, installations and performances. ...
23/10/2019

What makes an artwork funny?
Anthea Hamilton is known for her often-humorous sculptures, installations and performances. This work features fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld photographed in his youth, reclining behind a pile of buckwheat and potatoes. Hamilton often uses images of male cultural icons considered ‘classically handsome’ in her work, as a means to question who decides what is considered worthwhile or beautiful.

On free display at Tate Britain in Walk Through British Art: 60 years. http://bit.ly/2Pdi4I8

Explore the role of technology as both a tool of empowerment and oppression, and reassess the relationship between techn...
22/10/2019

Explore the role of technology as both a tool of empowerment and oppression, and reassess the relationship between technology, race, and creative endeavour in a Tate Exchange programme led by A Vibe Called Tech.

Drop in to Tate Modern level 5 from 24-27 October to get involved. View the programme here: http://bit.ly/2W8IkF1

Created with 34 projectors, Nam June Paik's breath-taking 'Sistine Chapel' fills an entire room of the artist's major ex...
22/10/2019

Created with 34 projectors, Nam June Paik's breath-taking 'Sistine Chapel' fills an entire room of the artist's major exhibition at Tate Modern. The installation is a kaleidoscopic audio-visual collage featuring many of Paik’s friends and collaborators, including John Cage, David Bowie, Alvin Ailey, Keith Haring and Janis Joplin.

Together with Paik's other radical creations including 'TV Garden', a cluster of TV sets flickering amid an undergrowth of live plants, walking through the exhibition is a mesmerising journey of sights and sounds. http://bit.ly/2W4h1eW

Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall has hosted some of the world’s most memorable works of contemporary art. This year, New Y...
21/10/2019

Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall has hosted some of the world’s most memorable works of contemporary art. This year, New York based artist Kara Walker has transformed the space with her 13-metre tall fountain, which explores the transatlantic slave trade and the ambitions, tragedies and interconnecting histories of people from Africa, America and Europe.

Join us for a free BSL tour to get a closer look at Kara Walker’s Hyundai Commission. From 7-8pm on Fri 1 Nov: http://bit.ly/2VniJrC

Work of the Week, painted by American artist Barkley L. Hendricks in 1974, is a portrait of Hendricks' good friend Georg...
21/10/2019

Work of the Week, painted by American artist Barkley L. Hendricks in 1974, is a portrait of Hendricks' good friend George Jules Taylor.

While in the work we are presented with Jules’s taut, naked body, it's his charisma that really draws us in. With his tilted head, the light reflecting from his glasses and the carefully angled pipe, his nonchalant coolness seems to emanate from somewhere deep inside, making his nudity seem almost unremarkable. Curator David H. Katzive wrote: ‘If three people were asked how they responded to Barkley Hendricks' portraits, it would be entirely possible for one person to reply that they were overpowering, sensual and physically exciting; for another person to reply that they were cool, remote and photographic; and for a third person to reply that they exemplify Black dignity, pride and self-affirmation.’ http://bit.ly/2MVqMIa

Nam June Paik's major exhibition is now open at Tate Modern, with 200 works from across his five-decade career that dazz...
20/10/2019

Nam June Paik's major exhibition is now open at Tate Modern, with 200 works from across his five-decade career that dazzled the world with their experimental use of new technology.

Join us for a panel discussion at Tate Modern as contemporary artists and curators reflect on Paik’s continuing influence on art and culture today.

29 October from 6.30-8pm. http://bit.ly/2nY5AsR

Where's your favourite spot in London?James Barnor, Mike Eghan at Piccadilly Circus, London 1967. http://bit.ly/2OX6CjG
20/10/2019

Where's your favourite spot in London?

James Barnor, Mike Eghan at Piccadilly Circus, London 1967. http://bit.ly/2OX6CjG

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