January 13, 2017 - Tate Etc. - Issue 39
January 13, 2017

Tate Etc.

On the cover: David Hockney paints a swimming pool, Los Angeles, 1987. Photo: Jim McHugh.

Issue 39
David Hockney / Wolfgang Tillmans / Queer British Art / Artists and the Ceramics Studio


Issue 39
David Hockney / Wolfgang Tillmans / Queer British Art / Artists and the Ceramics Studio


Tate Etc. issue 39 is out now—with contributions by Wolfgang Tillmans, Mark Bradford, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Patrick Staff, Richard Wentworth, Simon Fujiwara, Jessica Warboys, Justin Fitzpatrick, Mai-Thu Perret, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Louis Henderson, Jill Bennett, Sarah Waters, Simon Callow, Vahni Capildeo, Paul Kingsnorth, and many more...

David Hockney: David Hockney remains one of the most celebrated and popular artists of the past century. For more than 60 years he has been breaking the boundaries of the media he has used, including painting, drawing, print, photography and video. As Martin Gayford recounts, central to this approach has been the artist's fascination for people and places as well as his ongoing enchantment with the art of the past.

Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017: Ahead of his exhibition at Tate Modern, the artist presents an eight-page spread specially created for Tate Etc., including previously unpublished photographs.

Queer British Art, 1861–1967: "For me, to use the word 'queer' is a liberation; it was a word that frightened me, but no longer." (Derek Jarman) Looking ahead to the forthcoming exhibition at Tate Britain, artists, writers and activists—including Simon CallowSarah WatersJuno RocheSimon Fujiwara and Patrick Staff—share their views on what queer art means to them.

That Continuous Thing: Artists and the Ceramics Studio, 1920–Today: The traditional view of ceramics is one of polite pots and beautiful glazes, but the art form has always been a hotbed of innovation, where tradition meets experimentation. As the forthcoming Tate St Ives exhibition will show, the changing nature of the ceramics studio over the past century and across continents, from the studio pottery of Bernard Leach, via the California "clay revolution" sparked by Peter Voulkos in the 1950s, to British subversives like Gillian Lowndes and contemporary practitioners such as Aaron Angell and Jesse Wine, has been one of continued invention—often with surprising results.

Other highlights include:

–Q&A with Cosey Fanni Tutti
–Artists Richard Wentworth and Mark Bradford recall their first encounters with Robert Rauschenberg
Jill Bennett, Professor and Director at the National Institute for Experimental Arts at UNSW, asks how artists respond in the anxiety-ridden age of social media
Jessica Warboys presents a photo-collage preview of her Tate St Ives show
Mai-Thu PerretPaul Kingsnorth, Dimitris Daskalopoulos and Justin Fitzpatrick respond to works in the Tate collection
–Artist-filmmaker Louis Henderson reflects on how the work of his great uncle, Nigel Henderson, still haunts the present
–Former MP Nick Raynsford remembers two inspiring art teachers
–Forward Poetry Prize winner Vahni Capildeo's imagination blossoms in the Tate archive


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