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Merzzeichnung: Typology and Typography

Michael White

When Kurt Schwitters began making collages in 1918, the initial term he used to describe them was Merzzeichnungen (Merz drawings). …

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‘A Wistful Dream of Far-Off Californian Glamour’: David Sylvester and the British View of American Art

James Finch

David Sylvester’s criticism from the 1950s and 1960s combined enthusiasm for the vitality of new American art with ambivalence about …

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Carlos Cruz-Diez’s Physichromies: Between Centre and Periphery

Natalia Sassu Suarez Ferri

In 1959 the Franco-Venezuelan kinetic artist Carlos Cruz-Diez developed his first abstract series of works, named the Physichromies. These works …

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Lives of the Artists: Nigel Henderson

Louis Henderson

Louis Henderson on how the work of his great uncle, Nigel Henderson (1917–1985), still haunts the present

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As Seen: Modern British Painting and Visual Experience

Robert Pepperell and Louise Hughes

During the twentieth century several important British artists began to paint features of visual experience rarely ever painted before, including …

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'To drag the past into the present and re-animate it'

What is it like to sit for Frank Auerback every week for more than 30 years? Tate curator, Catherine Lampert, …

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Who are Guerrilla Girls?

Who are Guerrilla Girls? A brief look at the activist female artists who are changing the world one poster at …

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Exhibition and Reception

Samuel Shaw

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

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Introduction

Alex J. Taylor

Introduction to In Focus research project on String Composition 128 1964 by Sue Fuller, authored by Alex Taylor with contributions …

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Emerson’s Evolution

Carl Fuldner

British photographer Peter Henry Emerson’s dramatic recantation of his beliefs about photography and art forms a canonical yet perplexing episode …

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Archiving the Uncollectable: Museum Education and Memory Loss

Memory loss, struggles in communicating our work, changes in mood, apathy, confusion, difficulty in building our own storyline, a failing …

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Muscular Modernism

Sarah Victoria Turner

Sarah Victoria Turner explores the circumstances of the making of the relief and the posthumous cast of Wrestlers by Henri …

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Naum Gabo as a Soviet Émigré in Berlin

Christina Lodder

Naum Gabo’s arrival in Berlin in 1922, which initiated his lifetime emigration from the Soviet Union, has been interpreted as …

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De Kooning’s Embodied Vision and Abstract Expressionism in the 1960s

Valerie Hellstein

Tate Research In Focus study on Women Singing II 1966 by Willem de Kooning

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Sugar, Salt and Curdled Milk: Millais and the Synthetic Subject

Carol Jacobi

This article examines the sexual imagery of particular paintings by the Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. It argues that criticism …

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‘Not Incorrect and Particularly Not Irrelevant’: Joseph Beuys and Henning Christiansen, 1966–71

Peter van der Meijden

Between 1966 and 1971, Danish composer Henning Christiansen (1932–2008) appeared in eight of Joseph Beuys’s actions. This article examines the …

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The Craze for Pastel: Essay

Ruth Kenny

Ruth Kenny's essay on The Craze for Pastel in conjunction with a 2014 BP Spotlight display at Tate Britain on …

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Rembrandt and Reality

Samuel Shaw

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

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Common Threads

Alex J. Taylor

Common Threads, part of an In Focus research project on String Composition 128 1964 by Sue Fuller, authored by Alex …

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Virginia Woolf: Thinking Back Through Our Mothers

Laura Smith

Virginia Woolf’s radical feminist approach to writing has inspired generations of writers and artists. As a forthcoming exhibition at Tate …