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Tate Modern (London)
Tate Modern (London)
Date: 28/07/01, updated on 22/05/02 (26 review reads)
Advantages: Lottery money, Free, Its in London
Disadvantages: Wasted lottery money, Full of pretentious nothingness, Wasted "space"
The New Tate to me optimizes everything that is wrong and naff with the Heritage lottery fund. Like the Millenium Dome, it would never have been built without a slush fund of non-accountable public money. These funds have been awaited eagerly by London’s arty classes to rape and pillage at will.
The project in theory was a good idea and utilizes the run down factory well. But what’s inside is a complete yawn of pretentious installation so called art and predictable modern art kitsch.
Where’s as the dome was slated for its contents and attendance figures for the 12.50p entrance fee, the New Tate is free and similarly full of rubbish but gets no stick. I’m sure the cost off running the New Tate will eventually over haul the useless dome and eventually have to charge.
The”space”as the blue and red rimmed spectacle types likes to call it is pretty impressive and echoey. The disappointment starts on the ground floor entrance as you are funneled down to the first presentation. It’s a series of squares that have the occasional elevator coming out. You can view this tedium from all of the seven floors if you are so inclined.
I’m a bit of a philistine when it comes to art etc and only checked it out here because it was free. But if the person who constructed this thinks he’s clever doing that, I feel i need to punch him. The irritating thing is that the people who proclaim this as art are probably the last to buy lottery tickets.
Four of the floors are reserved for galleries and exhibitions of more of the same. Some of it is really poor and not remotely artistic. When you see a piano suspended from the roof that suddenly spills its guts you kind of wonder if the money could have been spent wiser.
I presume the point of the lottery was to ear mark the cash for projects that originally would have come from the now defunct Arts council.The New Tate is an example of something that is unn
eeded and vulgar to the extent of the money spent on it.
Back to the contents. There is of course the predictable pile of bricks (post old Tate herringbone) and the blue and orange square paintings. The plain blue painting by Kirsch cost a mere five and a half grand where as the plain orange one cost six and a half. Well what do I know about artist interpretations of colored canvases.
What’s safe to say is that if someone less regarded in this terrible world had painted a blue square they would have been dismissed with the flick of the wrist. Maybe I should get cracking on a mauve circle and make a few quid of the poverty stricken lottery punters.
Some of the photos were very good, especially the ones on the linking corridors. I don’t know ho did them but I presume they were too good to be exhibited where people will actually stop and look at them. The rooms and “spaces” were full of crap that can only be described as child like and immature to the extreme.
Tracey Emins scrawls seemed fairly relevant to her, rather than me. I assume they are about a woman with low self-esteem who can’t decide if she’s an artist of genuine skill. Or a dog ugly tart from Essex.
But is that worth 30,000 grand!
I presume the people who buy this are either been conned by working class eastenders who are flicking the VS at em. Or it is some sort of inteligencia coup to make them self-feel important by possessing this pretentious dross. I can honestly say that theres was not one piece that made me think in there. Surely the point of art.
I just gave up when I came across a toilet seat with some graffiti on it. That was the catalyst for me to start talking loud and making silly comments. Only to be drowned by a swarm of tut tutting and furtive looks.
Feeling proud to be a philistine i headed of to the contribution boxes to fill it full of torn up scratch cards. Ok I didn’t, but would have if I were
sad enough to buy them and actually like this crap.
I girl on the train summed it up as free n funky. I think that’s about the best I can say on the subject.
As it’s free it’s obviously worth a look and the crowds that flock are mostly tourists. There are some clear glasses fashion plates that try and see genius in everything there, including the fire extinguisher. Some of them looked like the type of people who only turn up for church if the Songs of Praise cameras happen to be about.
And of course a ton of art students who always seem to have most of their paint in their hair by the end of the first year.
If modern art is recalcitrant then the bulk of this was not worth a revolutuiion.I think we are seeing the biggest con in the art world where anything is art as long as theres some uppity knob that will buy it.The market looks certain to meet demand in this part of the world.
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