Revie – Migrations: Journeys into British Art
Reviewed by Michael McMillan
Immigration is a politicised discourse in which immigrants tend to be demonised as aliens, different, strange, even dangerous – read ‘terrorist’ – others, rather than people contributing to the national culture and economy through their skills, talents and labour. It is therefore courageous and timely for Tate Britain to mount an exhibition entitled Migrations: Journeys into British Art. Based on the premise that migrant artists have altered the landscape of what is perceived as British Art, the exhibition is divided into nine sections beginning with the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and finishing with contemporary art practices. Curatorially, these sections also mark out themes, genres, movements and practices: ‘Portraiture and New Genres’; ‘Italy, Neoclassicism and the Royal Academy’; ‘Dialogues between Britain, France and America’; ‘Jewish Artists and Jewish Art’; ‘Refugees from Nazi Europe’; ‘Artists in Pursuit of an International Language’; ‘The Dematerialised Object’; ‘New Diasporic Voices’ and ‘The Moving Image’.
Tate Britain, 31 January – 12 August 2012
£6 (£5 concessions)