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Tate Papers

Frank Bowling: Material Explorations

Laura Homer

This paper establishes a technical art history of the paintings of Frank Bowling and chronicles materials and techniques used by ...

Tate Papers

That Uncertain Object: David Sylvester’s Conception of Criticism as a Personal Affair

Brendan Prendeville

It has become almost routine to dismiss direct and ‘unmediated’ analyses of artworks but in this essay Brendan Prendeville argues ...

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Lost in the Crowd: Blake and London in 1809

Philippa Simpson

This article explores why William Blake’s solo exhibition of 1809 has been such an important source for understanding his ...


Bojana Cvejić born 1975Spatial Confessions (On the question of instituting the public) 2014

Philomena Epps

Photo Essay by Philomena Epps examining Bojana Cvejić's Spatial Confessions (On the question of instituting the public) 2014

Tate Papers

‘Everything Was Getting Smashed’: Three Case Studies of Play and Participation, 1965–71

Hilary Floe

In this essay Hilary Floe considers instances of chaotic ‘over-participation’ in three art exhibitions that took place between 1965 and ...

In Focus

Interview as Assemblage

Mark Liebenrood and Alex Taylor

Tate In Focus research project exploring Black Wall 1959 by Louise Nevelson | Interview: Nevelson in London

Tate Etc

A family affair: Millais

Edward Platt

Millais’s early career was closely linked to his friendship with the Lemprière family. The teenage artist’s desire for one of ...

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'Poor abraded butterflies of the stage': Sickert and the Brighton Pierrots

Nicola Moorby

Sickert's interest in popular entertainment extended beyond the London music-hall and his 1915 painting Brighton Pierrots depicts a troupe ...

Art Term

Pop art

Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the 1950s and flourished in the 1960s in America and Britain ...

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Between America and the Borders: William Johnstone’s Landscape Painting

Beth Williamson

Scottish artist William Johnstone lived and worked in America for periods in the 1920s and 1940s, encountering a very different ...

In Focus

Art, Science and Religion

Christiana Payne

Tate In Focus research project exploring Pegwell Bay, Kent – a Recollection of October 5th 1858 ?1858–60 by William Dyce

In Focus

The Sculpture

Alex Taylor

In Focus

A ‘penchant for the dramatic’: Rothenstein and Modern Theatre

William Rough

Tate In Focus project exploring The Doll’s House 1899–1900 by William Rothenstein

In Focus

The Painting

Alex Taylor

Tate Research In Focus project study on Silo 1963–4 by James Rosenquist

In Focus

Ruins and Non-u-ments

Sandra Zalman

Tate Research In Focus study on Walls Paper 1972 by Gordon Matta-Clark

In Focus

The Painting

Amy Concannon

Tate Research In Focus project on John Constable's Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831


‘Realism Reconsidered’: Ben Shahn in London, 1956

Julia Tatiana Bailey

On the occasion of his inclusion in an exhibition of American art at the Tate Gallery in London in 1956 ...

Tate Papers

Figure and Landscape: Barbara Hepworth’s Phenomenology of Perception

Rachel Smith

Barbara Hepworth’s development of the figure in landscape theme to which she turned increasingly after moving to St Ives ...

Tate Papers

The Aesthetics of Collaboration: Complicity and Conversion at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies

John R. Blakinger

This essay uses new archival sources to reconstruct the aesthetics – and ethics – of collaboration at Gyorgy Kepes’s Center for ...

In Focus

Contested Comparisons: Franz Kline and Japanese Calligraphy

Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer

Essay by Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer for In Focus study by AnnMarie Perl on Meryon 1960–1 by Franz Kline, a Tate ...