Tate exhibition stirs debate
A founder member of The Independent David Lister joined the paper in 1986 as Assistant Home Editor. He became the paper's arts correspondent in 1988 and is now Arts Editor and writes a column each Saturday. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Friday 06 December 1996
Tate curators have so far chosen 87 works for the exhibition, called Tate 100, which will open next May. They range from Hogarth and Constable and Blake to the Pre-Raphaelites, Turner, the surrealists, Cezanne, Rodin and Matisse. It is among 20th century artists that there are the most glaring omissions.
Art critic Brian Sewell described the works so far selected as "a dog's dinner of elementary art history dotted with old favourites and what the panjandrums believe to be good for us. It is almost without rhyme or reason, far more remarkable for its omissions than its inclusions".
As part of its centenary celebrations, the Tate will extend its opening hours to Sunday mornings from 10am.
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