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TATE ETC. Issue 28

Highlights include:
Anne Wagner, Michael Symmonds Roberts, Wilhelm Sasnal, Simon Marshall and Shirley Baker on the different sides of LS Lowry, Theaster Gates and poet Terrance Hayes on Ellen Gallagher, Nick Aldridge talks to Gary Hume, David Hare on the life and times of his friend Patrick Caulfield, Rasha Salti on Saloua Raouda Choucair at Tate Modern, Hassan Musa on Ibrahim El-Salahi, Jackie Wullschalger and Gavin Delahunty on Marc Chagall at Tate Liverpool, Chris Stephens introduces the new Tate Britain rehang and Rose Wylie, John Stezaker, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Richard Smith, William Tucker, Fiona Rae and Jann Hawoth discuss their favourite Tate works.

TATE ETC 28We all think we know the work of one of the nation’s most popular artists, but his industrial landscapes have often been too easily dismissed. Tate’s forthcoming Lowry exhibition, co-curated by the historians TJ Clark and Anne M Wagner, aims to show him in a completely new light. Poet Michael Symmons Roberts discusses his portrayal of the North-West as a post-apocalyptic film-set, Polish painter Wilhelm Sasnal the sublime and the symbolic in Lowry’s paintings and friend Simon Marshall remembers the artist and his cheeky sense of humour.

The American artist Ellen Gallagher (b. 1965) draws from a wide range of sources including music, myth, science fiction, literature, black popular culture and advertising. Many of these strands are on display this summer in her first large-scale exhibition in the UK. Artist Theaster Gates and poet Terrance Hayes respond to her work.

He preferred to be seen as an artist within the great European tradition of Juan Gris and Georges Braque, while Patrick Caulfield‘s bold paintings based on the everyday celebrated the arrival of colour, food, fun and a sense of the exotic into the British cultural landscape, curator Clarrie Wallis investigates, chef Antonio Carluccio shares a recipe and esteemed playwright David Hare remembers the life and times of his friend in a touching personal account.

The work of the pioneering Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair is now increasingly recognized across the globe. A total of 120 paintings and sculptures in wood, metal, stone and fiberglass, which combine elements of Western abstraction with Islamic aesthetics and reflect her interests in science, mathematics and Islamic art and poetry, feature in her first UK exhibition at Tate Modern. Friend and admirer Rasha Salti provides and insight into the life and art of a remarkable woman.

This May, Tate Britain unveiled the first extensive rehang of its collection in more than a decade. Spread over twenty rooms, director Penelope Curtis‘s vision hinges around a chronological display from the mid-sixteenth century to the present. Highlights are introduced by Chris Stephens and contemporary artists Rose Wylie, John Stezaker, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Richard Smith, William Tucker, Fiona Rae and Jann Haworth choose a favourite work from a fellow artist—past or present—also on display.

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