It appears that Tate Britain have changed their tune on L.S. Lowry.
For years, the London gallery have been
notoriously sniffy about the Manchester artist's work, sparking
allegations that they are either anti-northern or anti-populist, or
But Tate Britain has just announced that its
2013 exhibition programme will feature a major exhibition of
Lowry's work - Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life -
from June 25-October 20 next year.
Tate said the show, which will feature
around 80 works, resulted "from an invitation extended to the
distinguished art historians T.J. Clark and Anne M. Wagner to
reappraise Lowry for a new and extended audience".
This is quite an about-turn from last year
when Tate Britain's head of displays, Chris Stephens, said that
Lowry was "a victim of his own fan base".
He said: "What makes Lowry so popular is the
same thing which stops him being the subject of serious critical
attention. What attracts so many is a sort of sentimentality about
The Tate holds 23 Lowry works but only
one, Industrial Landscape (1955), has been on display
in the past 20 years.
Last year the actor Sir Ian McKellen led a
campaign to have Lowry's work shown, saying it was "a shame verging
on the iniquitous that foreign visitors to London shouldn't have
access to the painter English people like more than most