Magazine article Art Monthly

Tate Today

Magazine article Art Monthly

Tate Today

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Tate recently released its annual report, which rightly trumpets its great success in increasing audience engagement over the 2010-11 financial year. While the four galleries received a massive 7.4m visitors, the report also highlights its 19m website visitors, its 200,000 Facebook and 300,000 Twitter followers. The organisation is also making strides in partnering with other institutions, with its Artists Rooms programme expanding (donations from Jenny Holzer, Jannis Kounellis and Robert Therrien) and its new Plus Tate programme (Artnotes AM343) taking the collection to different sites. And, of course the Turner Prize is held at a non-Tate venue for the first time this year, the prize exhibition taking place at Baltic.

The most eagerly awaited news from Tate, however, proved disappointing. The Tate Modern extension--branded Tate Modern 2 back in 2009 has fallen behind its Olympic schedule and will now be completed in 2016 'at the latest'. However, in a bid at least to have something open next year, the scheme has been divided into two phases, which is presumably why the extension's confusing Tate Modern 2 moniker has been abandoned for the equally ambiguous 'Tate Modern Project'. …

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