Turner, Constable, the Pre-Raphaelites, and much more. Virtually explore the Tate with Smarthistory as your guide.
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Culture writer and curator Ekow Eshun explores monuments and hidden histories through the work of Donald Locke and Hew Locke.
culture writer and curator Ekow Eshun considers identity and nationhood through the work of Ellen Gallagher, Lubaina Himid, John Akomfrah, Chris Ofili and Fred Wilson.
Culture writer and curator Ekow Eshun looks at the afterlives of slavery in contemporary artistic practice through the work of Kara Walker, Alberta Whittle, and Hew Locke.
Culture writer and curator Ekow Eshun searches for a definition of the Black Atlantic, drawing on the works of JMW Turner, Ingrid Pollard, Isaac Julien and Yinka Shonibare.
Based on magazines dating from the 1930s to the 1970s aimed at African-American audiences, Gallagher's witty and sophisticated interventions emphasize the complex construction of identity.
Singer Sargent’s evocative canvas turns a sweet, ordinary scene into a symphony of shapes and colors.
Everyone wanted to have a look at the cast of characters Frith created—their variety provides the modern viewer with a fascinating glimpse into Victorian life.
Like a disaster movie, Turner’s painting transforms a natural catastrophe — with death a near-certainty — into entertainment.
Sheltered by the sea, a study in place and feeling
Describing is a key skill for art historians and for any museum visitor. Learn how.
What might Shonibare wish to communicate by bringing together these “African” textiles with Fragonard’s Rococo images?
Can color just be color, rather than representing something else? Step into Mondrian’s studio to find out.