Tate’s exhibition programme for 2015 will include retrospectives of two of the most significant figures in international modern sculpture – Alexander Calder and Barbara Hepworth – and major exhibitions of the painters Frank Auerbach, Marlene Dumas and Jackson Pollock
Opening in the autumn, Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture is the artist’s first major retrospective in the UK for twenty years. Calder (1898–1976) is known for his invention of the mobile and, as a pioneer of kinetic sculpture, played an essential role in reshaping the history of modernism.
The World Goes Pop will tell new and different stories about pop art from the 1960s and 1970s. It will reveal how one of the world’s most accessible art movements was often a subversive international language for criticism and public protest.
A major retrospective of British sculptor Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975) opens in the summer. She was one of the most successful sculptors in the world during the 1950s and 1960s, and the exhibition will emphasise Hepworth’s now often overlooked prominence and significance in the international art world.
Frank Auerbach (born 1931) has made some of the most resonant and inventive paintings of recent times, of people and of the urban landscapes near his studio in Mornington Crescent. Tate Britain is working closely with the artist on an autumn exhibition of works from the 1950s to the present day.
There is an emphasis on photography at Tate Britain in spring 2015. Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840–1860 is devoted to original salted prints, one of the earliest forms of photography. We also present a unique collaboration between photographer Nick Waplington and acclaimed fashion designer Alexander McQueen in Nick Waplington/Alexander McQueen: Working Process. Fly-on-the-wall photographs by Waplington of McQueen producing his final collection are integrated with Waplington’s work featuring landfill sites and recycling plants.
The group exhibition Artist and Empire will present art of the last 300 years, including contemporary works, associated with the British Empire.
Tate Liverpool’s summer exhibition, Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots, will bring together the late work of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. The show will include the paintings made between 1950 and 1953 that are often referred to as the ‘Black Pourings’. During 2015 the gallery will also stage solo exhibitions by Geta Brătescu, Leonora Carrington, György Kepes, Glenn Ligon and Cathy Wilkes.
Tate St Ives
Tate St Ives will mark the centenary year of Terry Frost’s birth with a solo exhibition opening at the same time as one of the work of contemporary artist Jessica Warboys. The exhibitions will look at their shared use of symbolism, their vocabulary of forms and their playful approach to landscape.