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Dr Maria Balshaw CBE starts as new Director of Tate on June 1. She is the first woman to be appointed to the role. Maria began her career in academia before working for Arts Council England in Birmingham and then becoming Director of the Whitworth in 2006. She quickly became a key figure in the transformation of Manchester’s cultural sector, curating radical and popular programs and expanding the city’s art collections. On behalf of all supporters, the Tate Americas Foundation wishes Maria well in her new post and looks forward to her visits to the Americas in years to come.
In support and celebration of the iconic new building on the south side of Tate Modern a diverse and international group of contemporary artists were invited to create limited edition artworks. Consisting of painting, photography, three dimensional work and a set of stainless steel music boxes this dynamic body of work is displayed within a bespoke museum quality oak cabinet of which only ten have been made. The following artists are represented in the cabinet; Phyllida Barlow, Zarina Hashmi, Mona Hatoum, Cornelia Parker, Taryn Simon, Dayanita Singh, Slavs And Tatars and Wolfgang Tillmans. The full price of the Cabinet is £27,000 ($34,608) but supporters of the Tate Americas Foundation are being offered a discounted price of £21,600 ($27,753). Dollar figures are at today’s exchange rate. Please contact us if you would like more information on either the Cabinet or individual works.
Nicholas Serota will be retiring at the end of this month after 28 years as Director of Tate. We would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to him for helping make Tate into an organization respected throughout the world.
It was Nick’s vision that led to the creation of Tate Modern and the redefinition of the original gallery at Millbank as Tate Britain. He led the creation of Tate St Ives and has also sought to strengthen the role of Tate as a national institution through the further development of Tate Liverpool in taking a leading part in the celebration of the city as European City of Culture in 2008 and by establishing partnerships with galleries across the country through the Plus Tate program.
During his term the range of Tate’s collection has broadened to include photography and the geographical reach has been extended across the world, taking a more global view.
The collection has been strengthened by major acquisitions of historic British art, as well as important additions to the modern collection including major works by Bacon, Beuys, Bourgeois, Brancusi, Duchamp, Horn, Mondrian, Richter and Twombly, amongst many others. The contemporary collection has been developed into one of the strongest in the world. He was instrumental in helping to secure the ARTIST ROOMS collection given to Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland by Anthony d’Offay as a collection to be shown across the UK. In the past ten years, he has curated some of Tate’s most acclaimed and popular exhibitions including Donald Judd, Howard Hodgkin, Cy Twombly, Gerhard Richter and Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs.
In the early days of Nick’s tenure, the American Fund for the Tate Gallery was gifted by Sir Edwin and Lady Manton. The endowment, which was to acquire works of art by North and South American artists, gradually grew into the Tate Americas Foundation. During the last 25 years, the Tate Americas Foundation has raised over $300 million for Tate, the main focus being the creation of Tate Modern and the strengthening of its collection of contemporary art.
While none of this would have been possible without the support of our donors, Nick’s deep involvement in our work has been pivotal in making the Tate Americas Foundation such a success. While we will all miss his leadership, we wish him a very fulfilled and happy retirement.
Thank you, Nick!
A beautiful focus display of the late Ellsworth Kelly has opened at Tate Liverpool. Born in Newburgh, New York, Kelly (1923–2015) is best known for his pioneering paintings, inspired by his observations of overlooked geometric shapes such as shadows on a wall or the architectural features of buildings. Presenting 11 paintings, prints and reliefs from the Tate collection, the display reflects more than six decades of the artist’s career. It demonstrates his transformative impact on post-war abstraction through his use of intense color, chance processes and shaped canvases, in which the painting becomes an object in its own right. The display features Méditerranée 1952 a gift to Tate from the Artist and Jack Shear in honor of Sir Nicholas Serota.
For a new series, the legendary David Hockney invited TateShots into his studio for a chat. But in a twist, it wasn’t TateShots asking the questions. Is he a geek? Does he like swimming? What does he think of the credit crunch? All was revealed thanks to those who submitted questions via Twitter. The David Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain runs until May 29, and gathers together an extensive selection of his most famous works celebrating his achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video across six decades. Please click here to watch: http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/video/tateshots-twitter-david-hockney
Tate has launched a new app, designed to enable visitors to lead their own journey around the galleries on their smartphones. With support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the app is the latest development of the Bloomberg Connects offering at Tate and provides a more bespoke, behind-the-scenes and personalized experience than a traditional museum audio-guide. The version is now available for free on both iOS and Android via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Tate App can be downloaded in advance of a visit or in the gallery on Tate’s free Wi-Fi. Kerstin Mogull, Managing Director of Tate, said ‘We are always looking for new ways to give our visitors the best experience possible. The Tate app is designed to be simple, useful and fun, putting the whole gallery in the palm of your hand for free. Our museums are becoming increasingly active spaces with even more diverse programs, so it’s important for us to provide an easy way for everyone to get the most from Tate. This is just one of the projects we have created through the Bloomberg Connects partnership, all of which use new technologies to help people enjoy and engage with great art.’
Tate has announced that Maria Balshaw, currently Director of the Whitworth (University of Manchester) and Manchester City Galleries, and Director of Culture for Manchester City Council, has been appointed the new Director of Tate. The appointment of the gallery’s ninth director follows the decision by its current Director, Nicholas Serota, to take up the part-time role of Chairman of Arts Council England on 1 February 2017. Maria Balshaw will take up her new post on 1 June 2017. She is the first woman to be appointed to the role. Maria began her career in academia before working for Arts Council England in Birmingham and then becoming Director of the Whitworth in 2006. She quickly became a key figure in the transformation of Manchester’s cultural sector, curating radical and popular programs and expanding the city’s art collections. In recent years she spearheaded the Whitworth’s £17m transformation, which won Museum of the Year and was nominated for the Stirling Prize, and has been working towards the launch of Factory, a new arts venue and permanent home for Manchester International Festival. She was awarded a CBE for services to the arts in 2015.
Total Recall 1987, an installation comprising twenty-four television monitors and three projections onto large screens lasting just over eighteen minutes, was just acquired for Tate. Gretchen Bender was a key member of the ‘Pictures’ generation of artists working in New York in the late 1970s and 1980s whose works addressed the functions of images in media. Her largest and most celebrated work was Total Recall, first staged at The Kitchen, New York in 1987. Since her death in 2004 this work, which us increasingly recognized as a masterpiece of 1980s video art, has been included in a number of exhibitions including at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and Tate Liverpool. The work was acquired with funds raised by our North American Acquisitions Committee.
Tate’s Annual Report for 2015/16 was published last month and revealed how the gallery is taking great art to global audiences through its digital channels, ambitious partnerships and exhibitions. Tate is one of the leading galleries worldwide on Twitter with 2.6 million followers, a figure which is growing at a rate of 100,000 each month. Tate’s Instagram account has 667,000 followers, the second largest audience in Europe on this platform, and there are now 912,000 followers on Facebook, an increase of 186,000 on last year. Our Pinterest following is over one million, up over 238,000. There were 12.8 million visitors to Tate’s refreshed website. This was a year in which intense preparations for the opening of the new Tate Modern reached its height, allowing Tate to open one of the most important public buildings in London in the 21st century. 800 works by artists from over fifty countries are being shown in the new spaces reflecting the radical international evolution of Tate’s collection in recent years. In 2015/6, Tate acquired 332 works by UK artists and 676 works by artists from abroad with a combined value of £14.4 million. It was an outstanding year for the acquisition of works by women artists and of photography. To access the full report, please click here: http://www.tate.org.uk/download/file/fid/103595
The Guerilla Girls will be operating a Complaints Department in Tate Modern’s Tate Exchange, inviting individuals and organisations to come and conspire with the Girls, post complaints about art, culture, politics, the environment, or any other issue they care about. The Guerrilla Girls are an anonymous group of women artists formed in 1985 to fight discrimination and corruption in the art world, using facts, humor and outrageous visuals. They state that if the history of art doesn’t include all the voices within a culture, then it’s just a history of privilege, power and money. Even though a complete collection of Guerrilla Girls’ posters is in the collection of Tate collection (some acquired with the support of the Tate Americas Foundation), they haven’t stopped complaining. For further information, please click here.