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
We are pleased to welcome Aimee Labarrere de Servitje (Mexico City) who is joining as a member of the Latin American Acquisitions Committee.
Get a fresh perspective on Cildo Mereiles in this short film about the artist and his work Babel, 2001 which is currently on display at Tate Modern in Media Networks. Babel explores an ancient myth about the origin of language. In this video Tariq from Tate Collective London (a free event for young people aged 15–25 to experiment, create and innovate through art and ideas at Tate Modern and Tate Britain) presents his perspective on this towering artwork. Tate Collective London is a part of Circuit, led by Tate and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Babel was purchased by Tate with a generous grant from the Tate Americas Foundation, using funds raised by its Latin American Acquisitions Committee. Click here to watch: http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/video/cildo-meireles-tower-could-reach-heavens.
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.’
We are pleased to welcome Naznin Karsin-Khimji and Mahmood Khimji (New York and Dallas) who are joining as members of the North American Acquisitions Committee.
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.
Trustees of the Tate Americas Foundation recently agreed to make a $2 million grant to Tate. This grant is made using funds raised by our supporters and will support a variety of projects at Tate including capital programs, acquisitions, exhibitions and scholarship.
We are pleased to welcome Carola Hinojosa (Miami) and Silvia Paz-Illobre (Buenos Aires) who are joining as members of the Latin American Acquisitions Committee, Jeff Menashe (San Francisco) who is joining a member of the North American Acquisitions Committee.
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.