TATE BRITAIN APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR
Tate Britain appoints new director - Art Collector
|Tate Britain exterior. Courtesy: Tate Photography, London|
By Emma Capps
This week, the Tate announced that Alex Farquharson, the founding Director of Nottingham Contemporary, has been appointed the new Director of Tate Britain.
Under Farquharson’s direction, Nottingham Contemporary has become one of the UK’s leading visual arts institutions since its launch in 2007. The scope and ambition of Farquharson’s programming (established by his acclaimed David Hockney retrospective of 2009) has seen the institution host an impressive variety of solo and group exhibitions, many of which have deftly combined historic, modern and contemporary art.
As cocurator of the recent Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions, Farquharson brought together the work of 45 major artists and figures (including Joseph Beuys, The Black Panther Party, Alighiero Boetti, Philip Guston, Willem de Kooning, Bruce Nauman, Chris Ofili, Richard Serra, Sun Ra, and Kara Walker) to explore the themes surrounding Ligon’s work.
Farquharson is also well established as a supporter of British art, and has built a strong public profile through his work with British and United Kingdombased artists including Pablo Bronstein, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Jeremy Deller, Gary Hume, Mark Leckey, Richard Long, Gustav Metzger, Bridget Riley and Gillian Wearing.
Of his appointment, Alex Farquharson says: “I am delighted to be joining Tate as director of Tate Britain. As the home of 500 years of British art, Tate Britain has a unique and fascinating position in the cultural life of the nation. I look forward to working with a highly skilled and experienced team of curators to share these histories with audiences of all kinds.
Alex Farquharson will take up the appointment of Director, Tate Britain in late autumn 2015.