“Tate Britain”

LGBTQ exhibition at the British Museum in London

The British Museum in London is presenting, from May to October next year, “A Little Gay History”, an exhibition exploring homosexuality from antiquity to the present day, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act dating from 1967, which partially decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales. The exhibition draws inspiration from a book published in 2013: A Little Gay History by Richard Parkinson, formerly a curator specialising in Egyptian culture at the British Museum. Meanwhile, the Tate Britain will be holding “Queer British Art” from 5 April to 1 October, featuring works by artists such as Dora Carrington and Francis...

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Sanford Biggers joins artists at the Marianne Boesky gallery

New York gallery Marianne Boesky now represents artist Sanford Biggers, who will feature in an exhibition at the gallery next year. The gallery will also be presenting his work at its stand at Art Basel Miami Beach in December. A monographic Biggers exhibition is currently being presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, “Subjective Cosmology”. Recently, he was also shown at the Brooklyn Museum, the Sculpture Center and the MASS MoCA, and he took part in group exhibitions at the Tate Britain and Modern, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Studio Museum in...

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The Turner Prize 2016 for one pence every Tuesday

Visitors to the Turner Prize 2016 exhibition, opening on 27 September at the Tate Britain, can pay their admission at whatever price they choose on Tuesdays, with the minimum sum being one pence. To see the works of the nominees Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten and Josephine Pryde, visitors need to fork out £12 on the other days of the week. This is the first exhibition to be based on this principle at the Tate Britain. This year’s nominees have featured in shows organised at institutions including the South London Gallery, the Sculpture Center of New York, the 56th Venice Beinnale and the CCA Wattis Institute in San Francisco. The winner of the Turner Prize, to be announced on 5 December, will receive £25,000 while £5,000 will go to each of the other artists. The Turner Prize jury is made up of Beatrix Ruf, director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Michelle Cotton, director of the Bonner Kunstverein in Bonn, London-based exhibition curator Tamsin Dillon, and Simon Wallis, director of Hepworth Wakefield. This exhibition, continuing until 2 January 2017, was curated by the Tate’s Linsey Young and Laura...

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2015 Turner Prize Winner Announced

The Turner Prize, is named after the English painter J. M. W. Turner, and is presented annually to a British visual artist under the age of 50. The winner is chosen by the Tate gallery and staged at Tate Britain. The winner of this year’s Turner Prize of around $37,600 is the artists’ group Assemble. A London-based group recognized for working with communities to promote a successful approach to regeneration, city planning, and development in opposition to corporate gentrification. For the first time ever, this year’s prize was awarded in Scotland, at the Tramway in Glasgow. The jury for this edition consisted of Alistair Hudson, director of the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; Kyla McDonald, artistic director at Glasgow Sculpture Studios; Joanna Mytkowska, the director at the Museum Sztuki Nowoczesnej; Jan Verwoert, critic and curator; and was chaired by Alex Farquharson, director at Tate Britain. The exhibition of all nominees shortlisted for the prize continues at Tramway through 17 January...

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George Lawson and Wayne Sleep pose in front of Hockney’s portrait at Tate Britain

On 19 October 2015, at Tate Britain, in London, George Lawson and Wayne Sleep posed for members of the press in front of David Hockney’s celebrated portrait of them; George Lawson and Wayne Sleep 1972-5. For the press, Lawson and Sleep posed in exactly the same position as in the portrait. The painting is part of a collection of Hockney’s portraits of couples showing at the Tate Britain and is the first time that this portrait has been displayed in the United Kingdom. Dancer Wayne Sleep has modelled for Hockney on several occasions, since they met in 1967, and Hockney introduced Sleep to George Lawson. Between 1972 and 1975, Hockney worked on this large portrait of both them, which he eventually abandoned. Set in Lawson’s London mews house, the painting shows Lawson seated at a clavichord with Sleep standing in a doorway, listening to him playing. As Lawson recently recalled, “the pose was interesting […] Wayne was looking at me at the keyboard, standing and listening. I think it was nice conceit that he had a ballet dancer not moving just listening.” However, Hockney, soon found himself struggling with the painting. As he noted at the time, ‘in 1972, I began the painting of George Lawson and Wayne Sleep. Six months I worked on it, altering it, repainting it many times. It is documented, in its various stages. I kept taking photographs, thinking it was finished myself, and then deciding, it’s not right, no, that’s not right…I had a real struggle with it. Looking back now, two years later, I can see that the struggle was about naturalism, acrylic paint; it’s why I later abandoned acrylic paint and began to move away from...

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