Glossary

Surrealism

Surrealism was a movement which began in the 1920s of writers and artists (including Salvador Dalí and René Magritte), who experimented with ways of unleashing the subconscious imagination

American social realist photography

American social realist photography refers to photographs that documented rural poverty during America’s Great Depression of the 1930s and 1940s

Abstract expressionism

Abstract expressionism is the term applied to new forms of abstract art developed by American painters such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning in the 1940s and 1950s, often characterized by gestural brush-strokes or mark-making, and the impression of spontaneity

Videos

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‘Twas The Night Before Christmas | TateShots

As 2016 comes to a close we wish all our visitors, online and in person, a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

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Sir Elton John’s Modernist Photography Collection – A Home Tour

Sir Elton John introduces us to his passion for collecting and his Modernist Photography collection which he lives with, in a home tour

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Dr James Fox on Paul Nash

Art historian Dr James Fox talks about the work of Paul Nash

Video

Philippe Parreno – ‘It’s a half-mechanic, half-organic machine’ | TateShots

Philippe Parreno’s Anywhen installation brings video screens, bacteria and floating fish to Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall

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In Depth

Artists' Photographs

Glimpse artists’ lives and relationships, and what inspired them

The rules of art according to Rauschenberg

Explore our visual article, packed with archival images, video and handwritten texts

Turner Prize Timeline

Explore the history of one of the most established contemporary art prizes in the world alongside related key news events, from 1984 to present

Artists

Artist

Sonia Boyce

born 1962
Artist

Ilya Kabakov

born 1933
Artist

Steve McQueen

born 1969
Artist

Roy Lichtenstein

1923–1997
Artist

Anni Albers

1899–1994

Art In The Collection

Helen Beatrix Potter Simpkin Goes Out

c.1902

Andy Warhol Christmas Sewing Theme

1957

Elizabeth Wright Snowball

2000

Lynton Lamb Winter Landscape

1962