One of the more stimulating aspects of Tate Britain’s exhibitions’ programme is its ongoing series of BP Spotlight displays. At least four of these focused, single-room shows are on view at the gallery at any one time, and the selection usually changes twice a year.
The strength of the Spotlights is that they allow curators to explore artists and themes that would be too narrow for a major exhibition, but which are nevertheless rich and rewarding.
Earlier this month, for instance, Tate unveiled the first of its four new autumn Spotlights: a display of mostly black-and-white photographs documenting the arrival of people from the Caribbean and West Africa to London during the Sixties and Seventies. Today, three more open to the public.
One showcases Do Words Have Voices, the sculptural installation, characterised by angular modernist forms, that won Scottish artist Martin Boyce the Turner Prize...
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