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Posts Tagged ‘Tate Britain’

Hate Britain

Posted by cathedralofshit on December 2, 2010

What is going on at Tate Britain? It used to be a place to escape to away from all that worthy film, dull performance, and the grey monotony of Juan fucking Munoz and Miroslaw Balka that the tourists love downstream.
Seems however that the new boss at Milbank has taken against contemporary art. Since taking the job and declaring her intention to show contemporary British art in ‘real depth’, Penelope Curtis has scrapped the Art Now gallery and dispatched the Turner prize to Antarctica, er… I mean Baltic… somewhere even colder than here anyhow. We’re told it will come back in 2013 but then, in 2014, go to Derry which is essentially in another country, where the term ‘Britain’ and ‘British’ are not exactly universally celebrated (although they love their Gormley as much as Gateshead love theirs). What was it that turned her? Lack of money? Fear of scaring away corporate investment and Tory patronage? The Harry Potter generation of revolting students camped on her steps the other week? Or a desire for Tate Britain to be as irrelevant to British Art as the Henry Moore Institute was to the study of sculpture?
What has she got to replace it? No blockbusters she promises, but we’re suspicious. What’s going on with the 2012 Olympic tie-in show from Damien Hirst (that no-one but Serota wants). Will it be sent back up river from Bankside? Please God no.

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Tate and l’Oil…..

Posted by cathedralofshit on June 29, 2010

Last night’s annual Tate summer party went with a pffft, as protesters against Tate’s sponsorship meant the usual nibbles in the Garden were taken inside to keep away from the nasty noisy men and their chanting and banners.
A renegade incident with some oil (treacle/molasses? Can anyone verify? Did anyone taste it?) caused actually little fuss at all and team CoS didn’t manage to witness the event, choosing to ignore the kerfuffle and keep their noses firmly jammed into their glasses of wine.
Tales spread more quickly than the offending slick – it was two children what done it/a man in an overcoat threw it.

Telegraph defends Tate
The letter

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Dirty Protests…

Posted by cathedralofshit on June 28, 2010

There have been some mutterings and murmurings about Tate Britain and their sponsorship from BP, or as they are newly titled “architects of an ecological holocaust“.
As instigators of one of the world’s most horrific ecological disasters, some people are finding it hard to join in with supping cocktails al fresco in Millbank’s garden.

Some artists are planning on picketing the event, but CoS are planning on taking BP down from the inside by drinking as much as humanly possible in the short party hours, finding the BP representative at the party, and carefully secreting our own mini ecological disasters in his pocket….

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