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Migrations

Opens: 31/01/2012 Closes: 12/08/2012 Tate Britain, London
An 18th-century Reynolds self-portrait displays Italian influences; a 2009 video by Steve McQueen focuses on the Statue of Liberty. Both appear in this sweeping exhibition, taking its titular theme to mean artist's travels, cross-national ideas sharing and the experience of immigration. An ambitious new look at the story of British art. For more information visit: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/migrations Buy: http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/exhibitions/migrations/tickets.shtm
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The Arts Desk“Migrations is ridiculously ambitious...” This somewhat ramshackle narrative feels as if it’s been put together by rummaging through the store cupboard – not the best way to write history...
 
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Guardian“Rarely have so many good artists been combined to so little effect...” This show goes for quantity, stacking up lists of artists, each of whom is represented by too few works, many of them having little connection with the theme...
 
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Evening Standard“Shows just how indebted our culture is to overseas artists...” A closing suite of videos, however excellent, seems to meander away from the core theme. Appropriately, perhaps, Migrations ends in a state of flux...
 
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The Telegraph“I can’t tell you you’ll be swept away by the quality of the art...” Tate Britain adds a further twist of the knife by showing that whatever vitality British painting has ever had depended on the presence here of foreign-born artists...
 
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