The Easel

Christina Mackie Sets Duveen Galleries Ablaze with Colour at Tate Britain

The Director of Tate Britain has just resigned amid criticism that she was too scholarly. Meanwhile, the foyer is ablaze with colourful silk tubes. This essay argues that major galleries need to strike a balance between scholarship and the desire to attract crowds.  “… the vast un-use of space asks its own question… shouldn’t we expect a bit more of art than just the feeling of being wowed by big things in even bigger spaces? It’s a nice sensation to have at the fairground, but who needs it in an art gallery?”