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Lubaina Himid at Tate Modern from 25 November 2021 to 3 July 2022

Between the Two my Heart is Balanced, 1991
Tate
© Lubaina Himid

Over four decades, Lubaina Himid’s work has made her an increasingly influential figure in contemporary art from her role in the British Black arts movement of the 1980s to winning the Turner Prize in 2017. Tate Modern presents Himid’s largest solo exhibition to date, incorporating new paintings and significant highlights from across her career. Taking inspiration from the artist’s interest in opera and her training in theatre design, the show unfolds across a sequence of scenes which put the visitor centre-stage.

Lubaina Himid
A Fashionable Marriage, 1986
installation view, 2017 © Nottingham Contemporary
Photo: Andy Keate
Courtesy the artist and Hollybush Gardens

The exhibition presents over 50 works that bring together painting, everyday objects, poetic texts and sound. Early installations including the well-known A Fashionable Marriage 1984 will enter into a dialogue with recent works such as her series of large format paintings Le Rodeur 2016-18, while new paintings created during lockdown will go on public display for the first time.

An early fascination with pattern, influenced by her mother’s career as a textile designer, has always been central to Himid’s work. A series of suspended cloth flags inspired by East African kanga textiles will welcome visitors to the exhibition at Tate Modern.

Lubaina Himid
There Could Be an Endless Ocean 2018
Courtesy the artist and Hollybush Gardens

Throughout her career, Himid has explored and expanded the possibilities of storytelling, encouraging the viewer to become an active participant in her work. A fictional architecture competition inspires the installation Jelly Mould Pavilions for Liverpool 2010, in which a series of hand-painted ceramic models celebrate the contributions of the African diaspora and invite viewers to reflect on the role of monuments in public space. Displayed at Tate Modern alongside a range of works including Metal Handkerchiefs 2019 in a room addressing architecture and the built environment, Himid poses the question: ‘We live in clothes, we live in buildings. Do they fit us?’

© Lubaina Himid

A major highlight of the exhibition will be the presence of sound installations, including Blue Grid Test 2020, created by Himid in collaboration with artist Magda Stawarska-Beavan. Displayed in the UK for the first time, this 25-metre-long painting features 64 patterns from all over the world, each painted a different shade of blue on top of a variety of objects pinned to the gallery walls. Coupled with a sound installation layering instrumental music with Himid’s voice, the work creates a visual and sonic embrace.

The show will culminate in a group of recent paintings and painted objects, which centre on extraordinary moments of everyday life which are rarely portrayed. The series Men in Drawers 2017-19 features tender portraits of imaginary figures inside vintage wooden furniture, while works like Cover the Surface 2019 depict intimate interactions and moments of indecision between men. Himid also continues to explore women’s creativity in her recent paintings, including The Operating Table 2019.

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Exhibition Review: Sophie Taeuber-Arp at Tate Modern from 15 July to 17 October 2021

Tate Modern’s presents a major exhibition of the work of Sophie Taeuber-Arp (1889-1943), this exhibition is the first in the UK to trace Taeuber-Arp’s as a painter, architect, teacher, writer, and designer of textiles, marionettes and interiors.

The exhibition brings together over 200 objects from collections across Europe and America, and provides evidence that Taeuber-Arp was one of the most innovative artists and designers of the 20th-century avant-garde challenging the borders between abstract art, design and craft.

After studying fine and applied arts in Munich, Sophie Taeuber-Arp began her career in Zurich, which became an international hub for the avant-garde during the First World War.

She became a successful textile practitioner and teacher whilst experimenting with non-figurative art. Her use of geometric shapes and grids plus the use of vibrant bold colours helped her to develop her own particular style which decorative artworks including beaded bags, jewellery, rugs, pillowcases and tapestries.

By the end of the war, Taeuber-Arp had become active within Zurich dada, the short-lived but influential artistic movement which sought to integrate abstraction and absurdity. The exhibition features her turned-wood ‘Dada Heads’.

She also embraced the performance side of dada, dancing at the legendary Cabaret Voltaire and creating marionettes for the avant-garde interpretation of the play ‘King Stag’. All of the original marionettes are on display at Tate Modern in the exhibition.

In the 1920s Taeuber-Arp explored the possibility of working on architecture and interior design for private houses and public buildings. The exhibition includes designs and furniture from these projects, such as the commission for the Aubette, a modernist entertainment complex in Strasbourg, created in collaboration with Arp and Theo Van Doesburg.

The commercial success of her architectural practice enabled Taeuber-Arp to design her own studio-house near Paris, which would become a focal point for international intellectuals such as Tristan Tzara, Max Ernst and James Joyce.

Taeuber-Arp’s involvement in the Parisian art scene prompted a return to painting in the late 1920s. She experimented with primary colours and abstract forms, going on to develop a series of compositions of rectangles and circles in the 1930s.

Fleeing Paris at the outbreak of the Second World War, Taeuber-Arp turned to drawing, the final room of the exhibition brings together the works she made while on the move and in exile, created before her tragic accidental death in 1943 aged 53.

This fascinating exhibition illustrates the considerable talents of Sophie Taeuber-Arp, unlike many artists of the period Taeuber-Arp explored practical applications of her artwork in many different types of media. These decorative artworks and the artist’s commercial nous may be one of the reasons that Taeuber-Arp is largely unknown. Many artists that bought together arts, crafts and fine art were often dismissed by the art world as designers not artists.

This exhibition, hopefully will address some of these narrow minded views of what Art is ? And promote the creative talents of a woman who followed her own artistic path to great effect.

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The Making of Rodin at Tate Modern from 29 April to 31 October 2021

 

Tate Modern will present a major new exhibition of Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). It will show how he broke the rules of classical sculpture to create a dramatically different image of the human body, illustrating the uncertainties of the modern age. Featuring over 200 works, many of which have never been shown outside France, The Making of Rodin will offer unique insight into Rodin’s ways of thinking and making. In a unique collaboration with the Musée Rodin, Tate visitors will be able to both appreciate the originality of iconic works such as The Thinker 1881 and The Three Shades 1886 as well as make fresh discoveries that reveal how the artist transformed modern sculpture.

Although Rodin is best known for his bronze and marble sculptures, he personally only worked as a modeller, capturing movement, emotion, light and volume in pliable materials such as clay which were then cast in plaster. The Making of Rodin is the first show to focus in-depth on Rodin’s use of plaster, taking inspiration from the artist’s landmark self-organised exhibition at the Pavillon de l’Alma in 1900. It was here that Rodin made the unconventional decision to display his life’s work almost entirely in plaster, emphasising the crucial role the medium played in his career. Many of the star exhibits of 1900 such as the monumental casts of Balzac 1898 or La Meditation 1896 will be shown at Tate Modern in a rare reunion.

The exhibition will also evoke the atmosphere of the Pavillon de l’Alma, which in turn had riffed on an imaginary vision of the artist’s studio. Rather than show a workshop populated by models, carvers, casters, photographers and founders who turned Rodin’s creations and vision into traditional commercial sculptures, it foregrounded modelling and the notion of the ‘artist’s hand’ as the central drivers for Rodin’s work. A stockpile of plaster body parts on loan from the Musée Rodin will reveal how he continually experimented with fragmentation, repetition and joining existing parts in unconventional ways. Individually crafted heads, hands, arms, legs and feet allowed him to dismantle and reassemble his works time and again in countless combinations and poses. The exhibition will explore how these experiments went on to influence some of the artist’s best-known sculptures, including the newly restored plaster for The Burghers of Calais 1889 displayed as Rodin had originally intended.

The complex dynamics of Rodin’s work with different models will be considered from the perspective of some of the extraordinary women with whom he worked, including his onetime studio assistant and collaborator Camille Claudel. Rodin strongly responded to the individual character and physicality of his models. This is especially evident in his numerous portraits of the actress Ohta Hisa (1868-1945). Busts depicting Rodin’s friend and correspondent, the German aristocrat Helene Von Nostitz née Hindenburg (1878–1944), also illustrate how he embraced visible traces of his work’s creation, believing the ‘process’ to be as significant as the finished form.

Archival images, many of which Rodin chose to display alongside his plaster works at the Pavillon de l’Alma, will show how he used photography to explore combinations of forms and analyse his sculptures from multiple viewpoints. These will be joined by a series of the artist’s watercolour drawings in which he further experimented and re-worked bodily forms.

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Exhibition Review: Bruce Nauman at Tate Modern from 7 October 2020 to 21 February 2021

Tate Modern presents the first exhibition to show the full breadth of work by Bruce Nauman in London for more than 20 years. Nauman’s body of work encompasses a range of media including sculpture, sound, film, video and neon.

Since the late 1960s, Nauman has been known for inventing new ways to tell his narratives. He is now widely recognised as one of the most innovative and influential artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The exhibition features more than 40 works, the exhibition explores a number of themes that have preoccupied Nauman during his 50-year career.

The exhibition begins with MAPPING THE STUDIO II with color shift, flip, flop & flip/flop (Fat Chance John Cage) 2001, a major moving-image installation .

A selection of early and iconic artworks such as Henry Moore Bound to Fail 1967/70 and A Cast of the Space Under My Chair 1965/68 highlights Nauman’s interest in conceptual art and performance.

Nauman has created several neon signs that combine text and colour to reveal everyday phrases and expressions. Some examples in the exhibition include The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truth (Window or Wall Sign) 1967, Human Nature Knows/Doesn’t Know 1983/86 and One Hundred Live and Die 1984.

Large-scale works such as Going Around the Corner Piece with Live and Taped Monitors 1970 and Double Steel Cage Piece 1974 reflect Nauman’s interest in surveillance and over zealous societal control.

These themes continue in the whole-room installation Shadow Puppets and Instructed Mime 1990 in which suspended wax heads, sound and video, provide a backdrop as a disembodied male voice gives commands to a female mime projected onto the walls.

Anthro/Socio (Rinde Spinning) 1992 reveals how Nauman consistently challenges the conventions of the gallery experience and confronts viewers directly.

Black Marble Under Yellow Light 1981/1988 illustrates how Nauman explores space and light.

Falls, Pratfalls and Sleights of Hand (Clean Version) 1993, the final room in the show, illustrates how themes of human perception have inspired Nauman throughout his career.

This imaginative exhibition provides plenty of evidence of how Nauman was one of the early artists to explore some of the effects of the digital revolution and how it would affect our perception of our physical and psychological place in the world. Many of the installations present an unnerving view of the future where humans are almost a ghost in the machine desperate to be heard but forever being distorted.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Recommended

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Bruce Nauman at Tate Modern from 7 October 2020 to 21 February 2021

Tate Modern will present the first exhibition to show the full breadth of work by Bruce Nauman in London for more than 20 years. Nauman’s ground-breaking body of work encompasses a range of media including sculpture, sound, film, video and neon. Since the late 1960s, he has continually tested and reinvented what an artwork can be by reshaping traditional forms and creating new ones. He is now widely recognised as one of the most innovative and influential artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Through more than 40 works, the exhibition will explore the distinctive themes that have preoccupied Nauman during his 50-year career. Unfolding across a sequence of immersive installations inviting viewer engagement, the show will acknowledge how Nauman’s works contrast the instant gratification of today’s screen-based information and entertainment culture. It will also reveal how Nauman has transformed the way we think about art by exploring our understanding of language and perception of our physical and psychological place in the world.

Following a non-chronological structure, the opening room will present visitors with MAPPING THE STUDIO II with color shift, flip, flop & flip/flop (Fat Chance John Cage) 2001, a major moving-image installation that embodies Nauman’s radical re-examination of the artist’s studio. A selection of early and iconic artworks such as Henry Moore Bound to Fail 1967/70 and A Cast of the Space Under My Chair 1965/68 will highlight Nauman’s conceptual and often performative approach towards sculpture, the body and studio practice.

Inspired by a chance encounter with a neon advertisement left over in his San Francisco studio, Nauman created several ground-breaking neon signs that combine text and colour to reveal the ambiguities beneath everyday phrases and expressions. A number of outstanding examples will be brought together for this exhibition, including The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truth (Window or Wall Sign) 1967, Human Nature Knows/Doesn’t Know 1983/86 and One Hundred Live and Die 1984.

Large-scale works such as Going Around the Corner Piece with Live and Taped Monitors 1970 and Double Steel Cage Piece 1974 reflect Nauman’s interest in surveillance and societal control. These themes extend to the whole-room installation Shadow Puppets and Instructed Mime 1990 in which suspended wax heads, sound and video, provide a backdrop as a disembodied male voice gives commands to a female mime projected onto the walls. One of Nauman’s most aurally and conceptually powerful works Anthro/Socio (Rinde Spinning) 1992 reveals how Nauman consistently challenges the conventions of the gallery experience and confronts viewers directly with their own physical presence. Black Marble Under Yellow Light 1981/1988 provides an encounter with Nauman’s unsettling manipulation of space and light, while Falls, Pratfalls and Sleights of Hand (Clean Version) 1993, the final room in the show, acknowledges the themes of bodily presence and human perception that have engaged Nauman throughout his career.

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Tate to Reopen all its Galleries on 27 July 2020

Tate today announced that it plans to reopen all four of its galleries on 27 July 2020. People will once again be able to visit the national collection of art on display at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives.

Guided by the latest official advice, Tate is currently working hard on its preparations to welcome the public back to its galleries. To manage numbers and ensure everyone can keep a safe distance from each other, all visitors, including Members, will need to book a timed ticket online in advance. Tickets will be available from next week at tate.org.uk alongside the latest information and guidance on how to visit.

As well as the collection displays at all four Tate galleries, Tate Modern will reopen with Andy Warhol and Kara Walker’s Hyundai Commission Fons Americanus and Tate Britain will reopen with Aubrey Beardsley and Steve McQueen’s Year 3 installation.

As a result of the closure, some of Tate’s upcoming exhibition programme has been modified. This autumn, Tate Britain will open Turner’s Modern World and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, while Tate Modern will open Zanele Muholi and Bruce Nauman. Some exhibitions have been rescheduled to 2021, with new dates to be announced in due course. Talks, workshops, performances and film screenings will be replaced with a new programme of online events for the duration of this year.

TATE MODERN EXHIBITION PROGRAMME

ANDY WARHOL
UNTIL 6 SEP 2020

HYUNDAI COMMISSION: KARA WALKER FONS AMERICANUS
UNTIL 8 NOV 2020

BRUCE NAUMAN
7 OCT 2020 – 21 FEB 2021

ZANELE MUHOLI
5 NOV 2020 – 14 MAR 2021

TATE BRITAIN EXHIBITION PROGRAMME

AUBREY BEARDSLEY
UNTIL 20 SEP 2020

STEVE MCQUEEN YEAR 3
UNTIL 31 JAN 2021

TURNER’S MODERN WORLD
28 OCT 2020 – 7 MAR 2021

LYNETTE YIADOM-BOAKYE
18 NOV 2020 – 9 MAY 2021

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Exhibition Review: Andy Warhol at Tate Modern from 12 March to 6 September 2020

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Tate Modern presents an exhibition which features the work of Andy Warhol (1928–87), the exhibition is the first at the gallery for almost 20 years and explores the man behind the image.

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The exhibition features over 100 works from across his career and provides some insights into how Warhol’s personal experiences led to his unique take on American 20th century culture.

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Born Andrew Warhola, he grew up in Pittsburgh to parents who emigrated from a small village in the north-east of the former Czechoslovak Republic. The Warhola family were devout followers of the Byzantine Ruthenian Catholic Church, and the impact of the strong religious conviction of his mother Julia Warhola especially on the artist is considered an important influence in his life. The exhibition also examines how Warhol’s sexuality influenced his work starting with a selection of his evocative early line drawings of male portraits and nudes from the 1950s.

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Both in personality and sexuality, Warhol considered himself an outsider and was attracted to those on the margins of American society.

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One of his early works is the film Sleep 1963 which documents Warhol’s lover at the time.

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Warhol is best known for his iconic paintings of Campbell Soup cans, Coca-Cola bottles and Marilyn Monroe prints which provided an unique take on American consumerism and culture. Key works from the pop period are included the exhibition, such as Marilyn Diptych 1962, Elvis I and II 1963/1964 and Race Riot 1964.

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There is also a recreation of the psychedelic multimedia environment of Exploding Plastic Inevitable 1966, originally produced for the Velvet Underground rock shows.

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Visitors will also be able to experience Warhol’s floating Silver Clouds 1966 installation, initially meant to signal his ‘retirement’ from painting in favour of moviemaking.

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It was around this time that Warhol set up the Factory and became interested in underground filmmaking, between 1963 to 1967, Warhol and his collaborators made around 500 films that generally featured the various personalities that spent their time in the Factory.

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Following his shooting by Valerie Solanas in 1968, Warhol returned to large-scale painting projects and the exhibition includes the largest grouping of his 1975 Ladies and Gentlemen series ever shown in the UK. These striking portraits depict figures from New York’s transgender community.

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The exhibition ends with one of Warhol’s final works from the 80s,the poignant Sixty Last Suppers 1986 on view at Tate Modern for the first time in this country which is said to reflect how the HIV/AIDS epidemic impacted on the lives of many in his close circle.

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Perhaps one of the more bizarre exhibits is three of Warhol’s wigs on loan from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

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This fascinating exhibition explores the multilayered world of Andy Warhol who charted the immense social, political and technological change of America by creating works of art that mirrored some of the methods of American consumerism. However, the exhibition does illustrate that Warhol had a particular affection for those ‘outsiders’ who were finding their own desires, identity and belief. Warhol was not only recording his own period, he was providing a glimpse of the future where art becomes part of the mainstream consumer society and many people would seek to have their ’15 minutes of fame.’

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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Steve McQueen at Tate Modern from 13 February to 11 May 2020

Steve McQueen, Charlotte 2004, Film still © Steve McQueen. Courtesy the artist, Thomas Dane Gallery and Marian Goodman Gallery

Tate Modern presents the first survey of Steve McQueen’s work in the UK for over 20 years, it features 14 major works spanning film, photography and sculpture, and explores McQueen’s visual art career since he received the Turner Prize in 1999.

McQueen is also a critically acclaimed filmmaker creating Hunger (2008), Shame (2010), 12 Years a Slave (2013) and Widows (2018). The exhibition reveals how McQueen’s pioneering approaches to filmmaking have influenced how other artists work with the medium.

Steve McQueen, Exodus 1992-97, Video still © Steve McQueen. Courtesy the artist, Thomas Dane Gallery and Marian Goodman Gallery

Highlights of the exhibition include one of McQueen’s earliest films shot on a Super 8 camera, Exodus 1992/97, which reflects on migration and multiculturalism in London, and 7th Nov. 2001, in which the artist’s cousin Marcus recounts the tragic day he accidentally shot and fatally injured his own brother.

Steve McQueen, Static 2009, Video still© Steve McQueen. Courtesy the artist, Thomas Dane Gallery and Marian Goodman Gallery

These intimate works are in contrast to large-scale video installations such as Western Deep 2002 and Static 2009. Western Deep presents an intense exploration of the labour conditions of gold miners in South Africa, while Static’s aerial depiction of the Statue of Liberty shows a different aspect of a familiar and heavily symbolic figure.

Steve McQueen, Caribs’ Leap 2002, Video still© Steve McQueen. Courtesy the artist, Thomas Dane Gallery and Marian Goodman Gallery

As part of the exhibition McQueen has chosen to display one of the screens of the two-channel film Caribs’ Leap 2002 on the river façade of Tate Modern. Shown on a giant 7 metre screen Caribs’ Leap traces a day on the Caribbean island of Grenada, portraying the cycle of life and death.

Steve McQueen, Ashes 2002-2015, Video still © Steve McQueen. Courtesy the artist, Thomas Dane Gallery and Marian Goodman Gallery

More recent work includes the haunting two-channel video installation Ashes 2002–15, offering a moving tribute to the memory of a young fisherman the artist met and filmed in Grenada in 2002, who was killed by drug dealers the following year.

For the first time in the UK, audiences can view End Credits 2012–ongoing, McQueen’s homage to the African-American singer, actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson (1898–1976) who, after a successful career as a performer, was blacklisted in the 1950s and put under surveillance by the FBI. The work consists of rolling slides of the FBI’s reports on Robeson with a soundtrack of voices reading from the heavily-redacted documents.

The exhibition also features Weight 2016, a sculpture first exhibited at the recently closed Reading Gaol, where Oscar Wilde had been imprisoned and wrote De Profundis. A gold-plated mosquito net draped over one of the prison’s metal bedframes create a shimmering apparition.

Steve McQueen at Tate Modern runs from 13 February to 11 May 2020

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Exhibition Review: Dora Maar at Tate Modern from 20 November 2019 to 15 March 2020

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Tate Modern presents the first UK retrospective of the work of Dora Maar (1907–97) whose career spanned more than six decades and work included Surrealist photographs and photomontages, commercial photographs, social documentary photographs, and paintings, The exhibition entitled Dora Maar features over 200 works and explores her artistic career from her early days in advertising and illustrated press to her later experiments with camera-less photographs.

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Born Henriette Théodora Markovitch, Dora Maar grew up between Argentina and Paris and studied decorative arts and painting before moving to photography. Maar was part of a generation of women who took advantage of professional opportunities offered by advertising and illustrated press.

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The exhibition opens with examples of these commissioned works, many of the photographs illustrate Marr’s Maar’s innovative approach to creating images through photomontage and collage. Around 1931, Maar set up a studio with film set designer Pierre Kéfer specialising in portraiture, fashion photography and advertising.

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Marr was one of early women photographers to create nude studies such as that of famed model Assia Granatouroff, her nude studies provide a female perspective that was very rare in this period.

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Outside of the studio, Marr in the 1930s became active in a number of left-wing revolutionary groups led by artists and intellectuals. She began to use street photographs taken in Barcelona, Paris and London to show the grim reality of Europe’s economic depression and political turmoil.

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Maar became one of the few photographers to be included in the surrealist movement’s exhibitions and publications. Some highlights of the exhibition are Portrait d’Ubu 1936, and photomontages 29, rue d’Astorg c.1936 and Le Simulateur 1935.

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In 1935–6 Maar met Pablo Picasso and began a relationship that lasted around eight years, when they met Marr was already a successful photographer and Picasso was having something of a crisis of confidence. Marr documented the creation of his most political work Guernica 1937 and Picasso immortalised Marr in the painting of the ‘weeping woman’.

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Picasso and Maar combined in a series of portraits that combined experimental photographic and printmaking techniques such as La Conversation 1937 and La Cage 1943.

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After the Second World War, Maar divided her time between Paris and the South of France and often created abstract paintings of the landscapes surrounding her home. She exhibited these works to acclaim in London and Paris into the 1950s before Maar gradually withdrew from artistic circles until the 1980s.

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In the 1980s, Maar created a series of camera-less photographs, decades after giving up photography she experimented in the darkroom with hundreds of photograms. Dora Maar died in 1997, at the age of 89 years old.

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This fascinating exhibition provides an opportunity to explore the works of Dora Maar, although she is mainly known for her relationship with Picasso, this often obscures a long and varied successful career especially in photography. Maar’s work was often radical, political and innovative and the exhibition provides plenty of evidence that in the first half of the 20th century, her work was widely respected by the public and other artists. Her disappearance from public view from the 1950s may explain why Marr is not more widely known and often overlooked by art galleries. This exhibition offers visitors a chance to reassess her long career where she never stopped trying out many different styles and techniques in a number of different kinds of media.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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Exhibition Review: Nam June Paik at Tate Modern from 17 October 2019 to 9 February 2020

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Tate Modern presents a major exhibition of the work of Korean artist Nam June Paik, the artist is best known for his pioneering use of emerging technologies. The exhibition organised by Tate Modern and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is the most comprehensive survey of the artist’s work ever staged in the UK, bringing together over 200 works which covers the whole of the artist’s career.

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Nam June Paik (1932-2006) was one of the first artists that foresaw the power of mass media and new technologies and began to experiment with using the electronic image through a number of innovative ways such as TV sets, live performances, global television broadcasts, single-channel videos, and video installations.

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One of the early installations in the exhibition is TV Garden 1974/2002, dozens of television sets appear from a garden of lush vegetation. Paik ‘s surreal arrangement contrasts the natural and the artificial world.

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Nearby is TV Buddha 1974 in which a sculpture gazes through its own image through a closed circuit television and One Candle (Candle TV) 2004, both provide evidence of the way Paik brings together modern technology and ancient wisdom.

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Paik had studied classical music in Tokyo and when he arrived in Europe in the 1950s, he was drawn to avant-garde composers like Stockhausen and Cage. He began to experiment in producing his own music and the Exposition of Music room in the exhibition features a number of his works.

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In the early 1960’s, Paik began to recognise how television was being used to manipulate its viewers, a television in the exhibition features President Nixon making a speech and Paik’s first robot work Robot K-456 1964 was a response to the fear that television was a danger to democracy. The artist began to experiment with electronic art.

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As Paik’s career developed he began to collaborate with a number of artists, composers, designers and poets, the exhibition features his work with composer John Cage, choreographer Merce Cunningham and artist Joseph Beuys. Paik’s collaboration with cellist Charlotte Moorman developed into a number of performances incorporating Paik’s television sculptures which include TV Cello 1971 and TV Bra for Living Sculpture 1969.

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The Transmission room explores how Paik was one of the first artists who understood the potential of telecommunications to deliver art around the world in long distance live collaborations.

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His 1993 video wall entitled Internet Dreams refers to his prediction of a large global information network, Paik used the term ‘Electronic Superhighway’ in 1974.

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The large installation One Candle (Candle Projection) 1989 brings the artist back to the ideas of Zen Buddhism and how evertthing is connected and changing.

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The exhibition ends with the dazzling installation Sistine Chapel 1993, recreated for the first time since he was awarded the Golden Lion for the German pavilion at the Venice Biennale over 25 years ago.

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This fascinating and playful exhibition offers the opportunity to discover the wonderful world of Nam June Paik. Although not widely known, his pioneering work into the arrival of the mass media and the digital revolution deserves greater recognition. Because of his background he made many connections between Eastern and Western cultures especially regarding the ways that things are interconnected. Paik recognised the potential and the dangers of the new types of media with his innovative and entertaining works.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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