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Museums

Visitor figures: how many people are actually returning to London museums post-lockdown?

We asked English institutions to provide figures for the four-week period from 17 May to gauge current demand

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Exhibitions

Acclaimed Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Zanele Muholi shows end at Tate next week—but both are coming back

After runs punctuated by Covid-related delays, the exhibitions at Tate Modern and Tate Britain will return after their international tours

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Prizes

Black Obsidian Sound System: 'Thanks for the Turner Prize nomination, here are our terms'

Group shortlisted by Tate for the prestigious contemporary art prize is calling out the institution’s hypocrisy and demanding working conditions that are “nurturing and supportive”

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Prizes

For first time Turner Prize 2021 shortlist is made up entirely of artist collectives

From a Welsh community group to a neurodiverse arts hub in Hastings, the collectives' works will go on show in Coventry in September

Podcast

Kusama-rama: Yayoi exhibitions open in London, New York and Berlin

We take a deep dive into the Japanese artist's polka dots, pumpkins and infinity rooms as major shows open at Tate Modern, Gropius Bau and the New York Botanical Garden

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Exhibitions

Miss an exhibition at Tate or the Hayward Gallery? Catch up on shows from the past on new digital platform for the 'phygital era'

New virtual initiative theVOV also aims to generate funds for the creative sector, potentially unlocking "new streams of income"

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British Museums

The cost of the cuts: what now for UK museums as the Covid-19 crisis bites?

Museum directors in London and the regions are cutting jobs and slashing budgets, raising concerns for the post-pandemic future of the sector

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Appointments & departures

Tate curator Mark Godfrey, who was disciplined for questioning the decision to postpone a Philip Guston show, parts ways with institution

Godfrey is taking voluntary redundancy as part of cost-cutting measures due to impact of Covid-19

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Coronavirus resources

Locked down with kids? Check out these arty resources to keep them entertained and educated

Organisations and museums offer plenty of online art projects for parents

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Obituaries

Artist David Medalla—the kinetic art pioneer known for his Cloud Canyons foam sculptures—has died, aged 82

Tributes paid to Manila-born trailblazer who co-founded hugely influential Signals gallery in 1960s London

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Media & broadcast

The top five YouTube channels for an art fix this Christmas season

While many museums across the globe remain closed, you can still get through the virtual doors via video—from artist interviews to archival gems

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Media & broadcast

How Spotify playlists became the new exhibition audio guides

From Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s Tate show playlist to the MFA Boston’s Basquiat and hip-hop soundtrack, music can have a profound effect on how we view art

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Tate Modern

Tate will cut 120 jobs to 'survive crisis'

The institution has launched a voluntary redundancy scheme but could ‘move to compulsory redundancy in 2021’

Interview
Chila Kumari Singh Burman

‘Blinged-up but razor-sharp’: Chila Kumari Singh Burman on her Diwali-inspired Tate Britain commission

The key figure in the British Black Arts movement of the 1980s has adorned the London museum’s façade with a colourful work exploring her own background

Podcast

Where art fairs still happen: the Shanghai buzz

Plus, Chila Kumari Singh Burman and the art work that inspired that Biden-Harris video

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Museums

Tate suspends curator for publicly criticising its decision to delay Guston show

Mark Godfrey has been disciplined after posting a long statement on his Instagram account describing postponement as "extremely patronising to viewers"

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coronavirus

Exhibitions need a perfect storm to succeed—but shows opening during Covid-19 are getting a disappointing drizzle

With no group student visits, no art-world private view, and limits on public access, the buzz of new exhibitions has potentially been short-circuited

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Museums

Scottish museum joins Tate in cutting ties with dealer Anthony d’Offay

Hundreds of works will be returned following harassment allegations dating back to 1997

Analysis
Controversies

Philip Guston’s KKK paintings ‘are not asleep—they’re woke’: catalogue contradicts museum statement controversially halting show

Essays from African American artists such as Glenn Ligon and Trenton Doyle Hancock show that issues were being addressed

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British Museums

UK museums are back open—but visitors are staying away

Our data shows that most major London art museums had many available booking slots for next-day entry despite operating reduced capacity

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Museums

Museums grapple with ethics of China projects

Institutions including Tate, V&A and Pompidou are forging partnerships with the country despite terrible human rights abuses

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Museums

European museums defend their partnerships in China

As China faces growing criticism over its detention of Uyghers and crackdown in Hong Kong, Tate, V&A and the Pompidou explain why it is important to continue working in the country

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Art crime

Man who punched £20m Picasso painting at Tate Modern is jailed for 18 months

Repairing the piece—on long-term loan from a private collection—will take more than a year and cost up to £350,000

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Tate

Ten artists who won Turner bursaries from Tate 'fully support' museum's striking workers

Open letter says that redundancies contradict Tate’s commitment to "champion the richness of art for everyone"

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Museums

Tate will axe more than 300 jobs from its commercial arm next month

Director Maria Balshaw says the organisation has been left with “no option” but to resize as visitor figures and revenues plunge due to the pandemic

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Unions

Strike action looms at Tate and Southbank Centre as unions fight restructuring plans

Around 600 jobs are set to be axed across both sites as financial fallout from coronavirus pandemic intensifies

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Diary

Impostor anxiety, epic disco in gay clubs and 'clashing clothes'—Tate director Maria Balshaw opens up on Desert Island Discs

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Museums

Tate Modern reopening overshadowed by protests over job cuts

Due to the pandemic, around 300 jobs are at risk at Tate Enterprises, which operates retail, catering and publishing services across all of the Tate sites

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Museums & Heritage

Tate and National Gallery commercial units to cut hundreds of employees

While the museums’ staff have avoided layoffs, their colleagues in retail and catering have not been as lucky

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Museums

National Gallery will be first major London museum to reopen after coronavirus closure

Visitors will be requested to wear masks and stay two-metres apart from 8 July

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Diary

Still running: Kara Walker’s fountain will go back on show at Tate Modern post-lockdown

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Museums & Heritage

In numbers: the visitors, ticket sales and fundraising revenue UK national museums can expect as they reopen

We do the sums as the culture sector plans to get back to business

Interview
Maria Balshaw

London's Tate museums set to open early August—here's how it will work

Director of the Tate, Maria Balshaw, tells us about financial concerns, coordinating openings with other institutions, and how many visitors they are expecting

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Prizes

Turner prize 2020 is cancelled and replaced with £100,000 fund for artists

Ten £10,000 "Turner Bursaries" to be announced late June

Podcast

The end of the blockbuster? Museums in a post-pandemic world

Plus, Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger explores Jackson Pollock’s Autumn Rhythm (Number 30). Produced in association with Christie's

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Kara Walker

Kara Walker’s celebrated Tate fountain—closed to the public early due to coronavirus—will be destroyed

The artist had previously said that she hoped “some aspect of it would have another life”

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coronavirus

Tate to close all four locations until 1 May due to coronavirus

Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate St Ives and Tate Liverpool will shut their doors from 18 March

Review
Exhibitions

Largest US exhibition of works by J.M.W. Turner opens in Nashville

The Frist Art Museum has secured more than 70 works from the Tate’s Turner Bequest

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Awards

UK New Year’s Honours 2020: awards for ceramicist Magdalene Odundo and artist David Shrigley

Turner prize winner Steve McQueen made a knight; museum chief Tim Marlow and curator Ann Gallagher also recognised

Archive
Tate

The Art Newspaper investigates Tate's documents on the Reynolds' Omai bid

The files included a letter from Serota himself

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Appointments

Tate’s Andrea Lissoni to lead Munich’s troubled Haus der Kunst

Challenges include financial problems and a major planned renovation

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Climate Change

Extinction Rebellion target Tate Modern

The climate activist group projected “Time’s up, act now” on the side of the London museum's chimney

Review
Exhibitions

The Empire strikes back? Kara Walker's fountain makes a splash at Tate

US artist takes on British Empire’s legacy and the Transatlantic salve trade in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall

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Tate Modern

Tania Bruguera’s 2018 Turbine Hall commission becomes permanent at Tate Modern

The museum will continue to name its main building after local community activist Natalie Bell

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Museums & Heritage

The William Blakes that got away—and why

As the Tate Britain show opens, we reveal the inside story of the Tate’s failure to acquire 19 watercolours from a portfolio that turned up in a Glasgow bookshop

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Ethics

How ethical can museums afford to be? We ask five major UK art institutions about funding challenges

We find out how mounting public scrutiny of private money could affect the bottom line of London's National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery and the Tate

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Discrimination

Wheelchair user blasts Olafur Eliasson show at Tate Modern over rampless work

After consulting with the Danish-Icelandic artist and technicians, Tate says installation “cannot be made safely accessible for wheelchair users”

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Photography

Huge photos of school children to appear on London billboards as part of Steve McQueen’s Tate initiative

The outdoor exhibition across the capital is a forerunner to the filmmaker’s Year Three Project at Tate Britain

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J.M.W. Turner

Export bar placed on Turner's masterpiece The Dark Rigi

The watercolour painting, considered one of the artist's finest works, was sold to a private collector in 2006

Blog
The Buck stopped here

Ackroyd & Harvey unveil 52 Beuysian oaks in centre of London as Tate declares climate emergency

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Exhibitions

Olafur Eliasson: the art world is 'trying to find its feet' on climate change

Artist's Tate Modern retrospective features works drawn largely from European collections in an effort to reduce carbon footprint

Archive
Robert Ryman

White-out at the Tate as Ryman exhibition begins its journey

Robert Ryman exhibition shared with MoMA, New York, will also travel to Madrid, San Fransisco, and Minneapolis

Archive
Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly: The art world’s quiet American

As Ellsworth Kelly comes to London, we look at the exhibition at the Guggenheim and at MoCA

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China

Tate to send its collection to Shanghai's forthcoming Pudong Museum of Art

The gallery signed a memorandum of understanding with state-owned developer in Shanghai

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Turner Prize

Stagecoach sponsorship of Turner Prize ends after pressure over bus firm founder’s homophobic views

Artists and dealers had written letters in protest over the involvement of Brian Souter’s firm

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Anthony d'Offay

Artists protest Tate decision to resume ties with Anthony d’Offay

Over 35 artists and curators have signed an open letter to the institution asking it to reveal details of its investigations into allegations of sexual harassment made against the retired dealer

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Exhibitions

Tate to show $6m Blake watercolours that sold for £1,000 in a Scottish bookshop

Discovered after 165 years, eight of the 19 paintings will be included in the London exhibition in September

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Sponsorship

Tate to stop accepting donations from the Sackler Trust

The move follows a mutual decision by the National Portrait Gallery and the Sackler Trust to not proceed with a £1m grant

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Tate

'State decline, spawning vanity and inequality': Mike Nelson's Tate Britain show offers bleak portrait of UK

Artist sourced defunct industrial machines online for new installations, reflecting “an eating away of ourselves”

Podcast

Bonus podcast: Dorothea Tanning show comes to Tate Modern

The full, unedited cut from our discussion with Alyce Mahon, the exhibition’s curator. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Former Tate director's hidden tribute to Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

James Manson paid homage to the artist by painting his own bouquet

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Adventures with Van Gogh

How Van Gogh's Sunflowers have inspired generations of British artists

Painters from Brangwyn to Nash paid homage to the masterpiece, all illustrated on the Art UK site

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Exhibitions

Arthur Jafa’s searing chronicle of Black America comes to Tate Liverpool

The artist's radical video sparked debate about race relations in the US

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Climate Change

Olafur Eliasson's latest work is melting away on the bank of the Thames in London

Public sculpture unveiled to coincide with the COP24 climate summit in Poland

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Adventures with Van Gogh

When the National Gallery used a London taxi to move a Van Gogh painting

Back during Tate’s 1947 exhibition, loan arrangements were more casual

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Appointments & departures

Former Tate Modern chief Chris Dercon takes the reins at the Grand Palais in Paris

The Belgian curator, who quit the Volksbühne Theatre in April, has been appointed head of the culture body Rmn-GP

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Podcast

A monument to the Holocaust in textile: Anni Albers’s Six Prayers

On this week’s podcast, we hear about the solemn memorial at the heart of Tate Modern’s survey of the Bauhaus artist

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Diary of an art historian

Tate, WTF is up with you using Wikipedia?

Once an expert authority on Van Dyck, the museum now has nothing more to say about him than a link to an unverified website

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Frieze London 2018

Tania Bruguera: Why I renamed Tate Modern

The performance artist on using her Turbine Hall commission to reach out to local people

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Commissions

Tania Bruguera renames Tate Modern after local London activist as part of Turbine Hall commission

Heat-sensitive floor work and crying room part of “stealth” piece pushing positive aspects of migration

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Podcast

Christian Marclay on the physical demands of making The Clock

The Swiss-American artist tells this week’s The Art Newspaper podcast about the effects of the three years’ editing of his masterpiece, now on view at Tate Modern

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Artists

Portrait of the future at Tate: Steve McQueen plans to photograph every seven-year-old in London

Images of primary school children will go on show at Tate Britain alongside survey of Oscar winner’s work at Tate Modern

News

Tate outsources artist biographies on its website to Wikipedia

The museum does “not have the resources to create biographies for every individual” in its collection, spokeswoman says

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Exhibitions

Tate's Ophelia heads down under for blockbuster Pre-Raphaelite show in Canberra

Australia deepen ties with the London museum as trove of masterpieces travels to the National Gallery of Australia for first time

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Conservation & Preservation

Tate restores colour and depth to John Nash painting

The picture is on display in Tate Britain's show Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One

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The Buck stopped here

William Kentridge outplays the England match with Tate premiere of performance The Head and the Load

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Tate

The struggle behind Tate Modern's birth

Recently opened Tate archives reveal wrangling over division of British and international art in early 1990s

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Tate

Tate drops ticket prices for young people and seeks trustee to represent 16-25s

New appointee should be “a cultural entrepreneur and digital native”

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Tate Modern

Tate Modern hit with protests over cleaner dispute

There has been controversy at the gallery over the sponsor for the Picasso 1932 exhibition

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Protest

Tate's artist-in-residence resigns over institution's 'appalling response to sexual harassment'

Liv Wynter says Tate is failing women and people from ethnic minority backgrounds

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Tate Modern

Tania Bruguera to create next Hyundai Commission for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall

Cuban artist has previously shown performance piece with horse mounted police officers in museum’s cavernous space

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Conservation & Preservation

Tate awarded $1.5m research grant to conserve contemporary works 'that challenge the structure of the museum'

The project, funded by the Mellon Foundation, will concentrate on time-based media, digital and performance art

Analysis

The top ten museum acquisitions of 2017

We look back at some of most important purchases and donations that entered public collections this year

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Prizes

Lubaina Himid wins 2017 Turner Prize for 'uncompromising' approach to race relations

At 63, she is the oldest artist to receive the Tate's prestigious £25,000 award

Blog
The Buck stopped here

Tate’s Art Now supporters circle launched with venom and elixir

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Exhibitions

Tate Modern takes special precautions to make sure its Modiglianis are real in market bedevilled by fakes

New exhibition will look at artist’s early sculpture and include nude from show once shut down for indecency

Preview
Exhibitions

World tour of Cairo’s Surrealists comes to Tate Liverpool

Show examines role of Art et Liberté in international fight against fascism, nationalism and colonialism

News

Tate St Ives’s cliffside extension set to boost local economy by £10.5m a year

New 500 sq. m column-free gallery makes space for performance art

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Frieze 2017

New Tate fund puts performance centre-stage

Scheme aims to bridge gap between collecting and displaying the medium

Archive
Exhibitions

Tate Modern chronicles the rise of Black Power in post-war America

Soul of a Nation includes around 150 works looking at the realities of the African American experience

Archive
Exhibitions

Tate pairs off Weimar-era artists Dix and Sander for a discussion about the failed republic

The two exhibitions will evoke a dialogue about their shared themes

Archive
Exhibitions

Rauschenberg's dance and performance related work front and centre of new survey exhibition at Tate Modern

Coming in hot from its stint in the States

Archive
Exhibitions

Tate survey exhibition reunites Giacometti’s Venice Biennale sculptures for first time in 60 years

This display aims to flesh out Giacometti's practice, which is not limited to his iconic bronze figures

Archive
Exhibitions

Tate Britain banks on David Hockney retrospective to pull in the crowds

More than 150 works will be on display, from those executed early in his career to some whose paint is still wet

Archive
February 2015

Comment: The Tate should take BP’s money—and ask for more

Protests about the gallery’s lack of transparency concerning the energy company's sponsorship miss the point of how big business and the arts interact

Archive
Tate

Longer shows pay off for Tate as Matisse brings in the numbers

The Cut-Outs retrospective was seen by 563,000 visitors

Archive
Frieze

Despite the war of words, UK-Russia shows go ahead

But some exhibitions have been cancelled as political stand-off continues

Archive
Richard Tuttle

Richard Tuttle: Weaving his magic around the world

Trio of Richard Tuttle exhibitions includes his largest work to date in the Tate’s Turbine Hall

Archive
Catalogues

Tate Turner catalogue delayed again

The Tate still has 21,000 works to publish online—but those already posted suggest it will be worth the wait