Editor's Note

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Editor's Note


Grant, Simon, Tate Etc.


Dear Henry,

How are you? We've not written to you for a while, but we felt, with all that is going on, it was about time. Can you believe it is 119 years since the Tate gallery began life in 1897? Back then you presented 65 paintings and two sculptures to a grateful nation for what was the first National Gallery of British Art. You won't know it, but you set the benchmark for generous philanthropy that has inspired many generations.

How much has changed since then, dear Henry. When the gallery first opened there were 245 works in eight rooms focusing on British art. Now Tate has over 70,000 in its collection by more than 3,000 artists from across the world. Not just that, you may have noticed that a new Tate Modern is opening, to showcase some of the best works in the collection. It will include some old friends, such as Picasso and Rothko (who you may have met on your travels on the other side), as well as new names such as Sheela Gowda, Cildo Meireles and Magdalena Abakanowicz. …

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