Tate Etc.

Articles from No. 26, Autumn

A Surrealist Dream Discovered
Behind the Curtain - Paule Vézelay (1892-1984) was born in England but moved to Paris, where by the 1930s she was active within the circle of European avant-garde artists that included Jean Arp and Barbara Hepworth. An unrealised Surrealist film script...
Collective Campaign against the Age
Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde at Tate Britain IThe work of the Pre-Raphaelites has often been overshadowed by their colourful lifestyles and romantic imagery. However, as a new exhibition at Tate Britain will reveal, the group was far more politically...
Editors' Note
In late 1948 Life magazine featured a round-table discussion on contemporary art with the great cultural figures of the day. Among the artists under discussion was Jackson Pollock, favoured on one side by Clement Greenberg, abhorred on the other by Aldous...
It's All about the Process
Doug Aitken at Tate Liverpool - The American artist has created his first public realm installation in the UK, featuring conversations about the roots of creativity with leading arts practitioners including Tilda Swinton, Jack Pierson, Jack White and...
Let's Do It T-O-G-E-T-H-E-R
More and more often, visitors to international biennials and similar exhibitions may be perplexed by works that cannot be experienced inside a gallery space. They exist in the public realm, but are in sharp contrast to traditional public art. They involve...
Microtate - Frances Atkins, Matt Saunders, Karl Holmqvist and Kate McCrickard Reflect on a Work from the Tate Collection
Kate McCrickard on William Kentridge's This is How the Tree Breaks, from Sleeping on Glass (1999)One evening at the table in the Kentridge house, a new Kindle arrived. I was nonplussed as to what it was; Kentridge was enamoured and showed off the daily...
Not Just a Pretty Pattern
Etc. Essay: Artists' wallpapers - In the nineteenth century artists designing wallpapers often followed a set of general principles regarding ornament and decoration: that wall decoration be subordinate to architecture; that ornamental forms be based...
Paint, Canvas, Action!
A Bigger Splash at Tate ModernSince Jackson Pollock's "action painting", Summertime (1948), artists have increasingly blurred the boundaries between painting and performance. Kazuo Shiraga's mud-writhing, Hermann Nitsch's poured blood canvases and Niki...
Revolution in White
Document - Is Jeanloup Sieff's photograph of a model wearing a white Courrèges dress standing behind aGiacometti sculpture morethan just a fashion shot? Can it be seen as a signifier of women's emancipation in France in the 1960s?It's 1965, in the Giacometti...
Rudely Transgressing the Boundaries between the Elevated and Profane
Etc. Essay: The grotesqueThe notion of the grotesque in art has been around for centuries, but it is currently being re-imagined, often with humour and a sense of the absurd, by many contemporary artistsThe grotesque got its name by mistake. When, one...
Social Engineers on the Front Line
Tony Benn and the Artist Placement Group-The APG was conceived in London by Barbara Steveni in 1965 and established a year later by her and John Latham, along with David Hall, Anna Ridley and Jeffrey Shaw, among others. The organisation soughtto reposition...
They Shook Me
Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde at Tate Britain II - The guitarist and founder of Led Zeppelin is a fan and collector of the art of the Pre-Raphaelites. He talks to Tate Etc. about his lifelong passionI have had a passion for the PreRaphaelites...
"We Are Giving the Power Back to Photographers"
Conversation: Photobooks - An integral part of photography ever since Henry Fox Talbot produced what was arguably the first one, The Pencil of Nature, in the midnineteenth century, photobooks have flourished throughout the twentieth and twentyfirst centuries,...
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