A group of British pranksters is facing jail time for staging a fake art robbery in the National Portrait Gallery last July, proving the consequences of going to pointless lengths to attain internet virality.
Internal Documents Show How BP Oiled the Wheels at UK Museums
After sharing a handful of emails detailing suspicious correspondence between British museums and their sponsor BP, the Art Not Oil Coalition has released the full set of documents it obtained, accompanied by a 40-page report describing the potentially unethical partnerships.
Imperialism and Its Discontents at Tate Britain
LONDON — Artist and Empire contains something for everyone, ranging from fierce pride to loathing, as well as everything in between.
Hundreds of Cultural Workers and Institutions Pledge to Refuse Fossil Fuel Money
If you’re an artist who’s complained about the oil industry and the way fossil fuel extraction is damaging the environment, you now have a chance to put your money where your mouth is.
A Barbara Hepworth Retrospective Hampered by Her Male Contemporaries
LONDON — Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World marks one of the last exhibitions backed by the outgoing Tate Britain director, Penelope Curtis.
UK Institutions Relying Less on Corporate Sponsorship
In January, many were surprised to find that BP’s controversial sponsorship of Tate Britain represented a relatively small slice of its overall funding.
Performers Shower Tate Britain with Fake Pounds Over Oil Money Ties
LONDON — It’s 10am on the last Saturday of January, and Tate Britain is predictably sleepy. The museum has just opened its doors for the day, and a modest coterie of visitors treads lightly to preserve the morning hush.
Olafur Eliasson on Turning Light into Color
For the past six years, the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has been working with a color chemist to produce paint pigments that correspond to each nanometer of the visible light spectrum.
Homeless Man Enjoys Tate Britain After Hours
After Tate Britain closed last Wednesday night, a homeless man had the museum all to himself, the London Evening Standard reported. Raj Patel had fallen asleep in a bathroom stall just before closing.
Take Control of a Robot Programmed to Roam Tate Britain at Night
Anyone can visit Tate Britain without leaving her home thanks to Google Art Project, but how about doing so while its galleries are dark, and furthermore, with greater authority?
Scientists Use Artistic Sunsets as Time Capsules of Climate Change
In a study published today, Greek and German researchers have compiled the results of looking at sunsets in 310 works from the Tate and National Gallery in London. The focus is on sunsets because they can potentially show what the climate was like in the past and help improve climate change models for the future.
An Exhibition Looks at Art that Has Been Physically Attacked
This fall the Tate Britain is opening an exhibition on art that has been physically attacked in the country, whether for political, religious, or personal reasons, or just because the artist was into destruction.