The Easel

The Shame and Pride of Empire

One critic fumed that this exhibition at Tate Britain is “just not good enough” but this reviewer’s description seems better – “brave”. Possessing an imperial empire had a huge cultural impact on the British – exactly as its art shows.  So is the art admirable or appalling? “How much can [one] appreciate an individual work of art, or indeed a genre, when the context is so dominant?”