Research Features

Read about the discoveries and insights of staff and researchers working at Tate. These short articles and interviews throw light onto the different subjects and types of research undertaken in the museum.

Conservation as Investigation

Luisa Karman

Luisa Karman reflects on the nature of arts conservation and shares some insights from her internship with Learning and Research ...

Traces of Human Tragedy: The David King Collection

Peter Eaves

In June 2016 Tate completed the acquisition of the David King Collection, of which over 150,000 photographs, books, magazines ...

Two Soviet Cartoonists in the David King Collection at Tate

Andrey Lazarev

Tate Library Cataloguer Andrey Lazarev explores the life and work of Kostantin Rotov and Boris Efimov, two popular cartoonists represented ...

Muilman, Crokatt and Keable in a Landscape: Interview with John Chu

John Chu’s In Focus project offers a multi-disciplinary discussion of Thomas Gainsborough’s early triple portrait Peter Darnell Muilman, Charles Crokatt ...

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Shigeo Anzaï

Shigeo Anzaï’s photography career began by documenting the 1970 Tokyo Biennale. In this interview he discusses his personal experience of ...

Interview

Susumu Koshimizu

Artist Susumu Koshimizu discusses his practice in general as well as the art scene in 1970s Japan. He also speaks ...

The Doll’s House: Interview with Samuel Shaw

Samuel Shaw discusses William Rothenstein’s sketchbook from the artist’s teenage years in Paris, the value of intensely studying a painting ...

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Heroic Symbols: Interview with Christian Weikop

Christian Weikop’s study of Heroic Symbols 1969 by Anselm Kiefer is one in our series of In Focus projects about ...

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The Girl Chewing Gum: Interview with Erika Balsom

Erika Balsom’s study of The Girl Chewing Gum 1976 by British artist John Smithis one in our series of In ...

David Sylvester: A British Critic in New York

James Finch

James Finch traces the early development of Sylvester’s distinctive focus on artists’ working processes through his use of the artist ...

A Bigger Splash: Interview with Catherine Wood

Jonah Westerman interviews Catherine Wood, curator of the exhibition A Bigger Splash, held at Tate Modern in 2012, about how ...

Between Action and Image: Performance as ‘Inframedium’

Jonah Westerman

What would it mean to think of performance as a medium? Or rather, what would it do to our usual ...

Performance at Tate: The Scholarly and Museological Context

Gabriella Giannachi

Since the 1960s, and, more significantly, following the opening of Tate Modern in 2000, and subsequently the Tanks in 2012 ...

J.M.W. Turner: Fire at the Tower of London

Matthew Imms

New research has solved the mystery about J.M.W. Turner’s watercolour sketches, which were previously thought to show the ...

On Three Posters: Interview with Chad Elias

Chad Elias talks about his research on On Three Posters 2004 by Lebanese artist Rabih Mroué. Poignant and disturbing, the ...

Dating J.M.W. Turner: Another Visit to the Netherlands

Quirine van der Meer Mohr

New research has helped to date one of Turner’s sketchbooks from a trip along the river Rhine, from Rotterdam south ...

J.M.W. Turner’s Remedy: A Cure for Bilious Bowels

Alice Rylance-Watson

Ever wondered what you’d do if you were to suffer from the unpleasantries of a bout of traveller’s diarrhoea or ...

Wrestlers: Interview with Sarah Turner

Sarah Turner dicusses her In Focus project about Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s relief sculpture Wrestlers 1914, cast 1965 and a research journey ...

Applause and The Singer: Interview with Jason Edwards

Jason Edwards talks about his research into two sculptures by Edward Onslow Ford, The Singer exhibited 1889 and Applause 1893 ...