Artist and Empire
In the NYR Daily, Jenny Uglow writes, “It’s brave of Tate Britain to mount an exhibition called ‘Artist and Empire’ when we are constantly mumbling apologies for Britain’s imperial past—for wars and slavery, exploitation and looting, religious and cultural oppression. Not that this show is a celebration. By its own account it is rather an attempt to show how artists have responded to the history and ethos of empire over the last five centuries, and to address its legacy ‘not just in public monuments, but in social structures, culture and in the fault lines of contemporary global politics.’ Ambitious, no doubt. But the presentation has an uncomfortable diffidence.”
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