Tate Etc.

Articles from No. 38, 2016

Alex Katz's Night Branch 1994
Last night you had a dream you were home. You are sitting in the attic of your old apartment listening to the branches tapping against the window. They move frequently, and the sound lulls you to sleep, establishing a rhythm that is at once irregular...
Arthur Melville (1855-1904)
I love painting in watercolour. It's a medium that possesses its own liquid instincts and refuses to be bossed around. Whatever your intentions, suffer one lapse in concentration and you will forfeit control over what happens next.Arthur Melville was...
Collaboration
A few weeks prior to writing this, I was at an event arranged by the organisation I work for, Rhizome, which is dedicated to the promotion of art that engages with technology. This preceded Seven on Seven, an annual programme that brings together seven...
Demo or Die
'Demo or Die!' Optimistic and ominous at the same time, few adages more clearly defined the idiosyncratic combination of rampant speculation, techno-utopianism and disillusionmentthat greeted the introduction of the internet in the 1990s than the infamous...
Editor's Note
Dear Henry,I think you might have become friends with Robert Rauschenberg (page 42). Like you, he had an extraordinary eye for innovation and technological advance, and spent many decades breaking new ground with the help of other great minds. Some momentous...
Frederic Leighton's an Athlete Wrestling with a Python C1877
This is the forehead of an athlete wrestling with a python. I'm really interested in this part of the face at the moment - how, in a way, there is an art-historical, pop-cultural back catalogue of foreheads in this state of stress: Michelangelo's David,...
From the Surreal to the Decorative
Marc Camille Chaimowicz I was talking to a young assistant recently who also works in a bookshop as well as on a range of projects across different media and she referred to herself as part of the slash/ slash/slash generation, which I found interesting...
In Bed with Donald Judd
The first piece of furniture Donald Judd made was his bed on the fifth floor of the large cast-iron building he bought in Spring Street, New York, in 1968. It is a simple platform of wooden boards that seems to float in space. A mattress sits on this...
JMW Turner's Skies
Londoners can be starved of sky; they glimpse fragments between blocks of flats or in a busy street. They develop a greedy appetite for the luxury of an open sky which stretches in all directions. This was the starting point for my Hebridean journeys,...
JMW Turner's Study for 'Sheerness and the Isle of Sheppey, with the Junction of the Thames and the Medway from the Nore' C1805-7
Rachel Lichtenstein on JMW Turner's Study for 'Sheerness and the Isle of Sheppey, with the Junction of the Thames and the Medway from the Nore' C1805-7Beneath the sea junction of the Thames Estuary and the River Medway sits a great swathe of sandbanks...
Laurie Wilson on Louise Nevelson (1899-1988)
A few days after Louise Nevelson, née Leah Berliawsky, was born in a town near Kiev in 1899, Sholem Aleichem, the renowned writer of Yiddish tales, pronounced that she was destined for greatness. Sure enough, five decades later she attained art stardom...
Let's Do It Together
'We have just so many parts and just so much time. We should extend them all,' wrote Robert Rauschenberg. Revered for going against the dominanttrend of abstract expressionism when he began his career and for being ahead of the curve of those who produced...
My Eyes Were Opened by Photography
Jane Jackson Let's start by going back to the days after you came out of rehab. The therapists had said the best thing for you to do was to go someplace where you could be with supportive friends and ease yourself back into the world again. Perhaps we...
My Teacher
The date was 1961. It was a life class and each student was solemnly in attendance of their work. In fact, it was a portrait head class, the silence of such a session being palpable, broken only by the occasional squeaks of the modelling stands as they...
Natalie Ferris on Germaine Richier
In 1957, discussing her own work, the sculptor and etcher Germaine Richier (1902-1959) reflected upon an artistic practice that had long negotiated the savagery of conflict and the fragility of the human spirit:'Our age, when you consider it, is full...
Object N00476
by Raqs Media CollectiveStorms, shipwrecks, rising sea levels, refugees left to drown: a response to works in the Tate collection and beyondObject N00476 in the Tate collection is a picture of a turbulent sea. Three, maybe four, small fishing boats ride...
Opinion
In July this year the first Arte Util Summit was held at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. Roughly translating from the Spanish as 'art as a tool', Arte Util is a movement initiated by the artist Tania Bruguera around io years ago, but is now...
Rebecca Horn's Concert for Anarchy 1990
In my poetry workshops I have told students to make the last line of their poems the first line - turn it upside down. When the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art opened I was amused by the upside down trees of Natalie Jeremijenko's Tree Logic...
Unity in Diversity
'EVERY HUMAN BEING IS AN ARTIST who -from his state of freedom... learns to determine the other positions in the TOTAL ART WORK OF THE FUTURE SOCIAL ORDER'- Joseph BeuysThe archive beneath the galleries of Tate Britain feels insulated from the chaos...
What Is Performance Art Now?
In the 1970s, or so the story goes, performance art was angry. Anti-market, extra-gallery, boundarybreaking, its signature traits were naked bodies, selfharm and extreme duration. Marina Abramovic had a loaded gun held to her head by an audience member...
Wifredo Lam: The Albissola Years
The Cuban-born artist Wifredo Lam (1902-1982), whose retrospective at Tate Modern opens in September, spent the last decades of his life in the Italian town of Albissola Marina, where the exchange of ideas with fellow artists including Asger Jorn, Enrico...
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