Thought for the Day

January 7 2016

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Picture: Tate

Just come across this in the foreword to a Tate exhibition catalogue (on Cedric Morris) published in 1984, and written by the then Tate director Alan Bowness (above, now Sir Alan):

The Tate Gallery is sometimes criticised for presenting exhibitions of earlier twentieth century British artists instead of undertaking more shows of contemporary art. Such criticism fails to take account of the essential character of the Gallery. Its contemporary and its historical functions are complementary, and in each field we are able to open territory which has been insufficiently explored.

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