Making its Tate debut when the galleries open in May will be Cecilia Vicuña’s Quipu Womb, recently voted to be acquired by the Tate Latin American Acquisitions Committee. Cecilia Vicuña (Santiago, Chile, 1948) is a Chilean poet and artist based in New York and Santiago, Chile. Her work is noted for themes of language, memory, dissolution, extinction and exile. Vicuña’s monumental Quipu Womb debuted at Documenta 14 and remains recognized as one of the most internationally significant art works of the last ten years.
The Tate Americas Foundation is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of five photographs from Dawoud Bey’s series Night Coming Tenderly, Black using funds provided by the North American Acquisitions Committee.
Night Coming Tenderly, Black explores the history of fugitive movement along the Underground Railroad. Taken in the areas surrounding Hudson and Cleveland, Ohio – one of the final stopping points on the historic route – Bey’s photographs depict rural scenes at night. The photographs suggest what the passage to freedom might have looked and felt like from the perspective of nervous and disorientated fugitives, navigating obstacles and fear of ambush against a black night sky.
LIVERPOOL BIENNIAL: THE STOMACH AND THE PORT
Liverpool Biennial is the largest festival of contemporary art in the UK, with free exhibitions taking place across the city’s public spaces, galleries, museums and online from March 20 – June 6, 2021. The 11th edition of the Biennial, The Stomach and the Port, looks at the body and ways of connecting with the world.When Tate Liverpool reopens, visitors can see new work by Jamaican-born artist Ebony G. Patterson. Featuring sculptures and an eye-catching wallpaper, Patterson’s work looks back at historical representations of marginalized groups, including Black communities and women. Also on display are works by other prominent feminist artists including Linder, Judy Chicago, and Jutta Koether. Linder and Chicago both use confrontational imagery to explore the representation of women and their bodies, as well as critiquing gender roles. Works by Ithell Colquhoun (1906-1988), one of the most important figures in British surrealism, will also be on display.
Martine Syms in the Liverpool Biennial at Tate Liverpool
Martine Syms Borrowed Lady 2016 was acquired by the Tate’s North American Acquisitions Committee in 2020.Learn more.
Belkis Ayon in Whose Tradition? at Tate Liverpool
Belkis Ayon The Supper 1991 was acquired in 2018 by the Latin American Acquisitions Committee with additional support from The Cowles Charitable Trust. Learn more.