Time for a change at the top of Tate?
ALTHOUGH long anticipated, the news that Sir Nicholas Serota has resigned as Director of Tate still came as a bit of a shock, simply because he’s been there so long. Appointed in 1988, Sir Nicholas has become identified with an institution shaped by his steely determination and air of unflappable omniscience. By ‘institution’, I don’t mean Tate: I mean Tate Modern, which is his creation and for which he will largely be remembered.
Despite a widespread belief that he was responsible for the transformation of the old Tate at Millbank into an archipelago of galleries, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives were, in fact, founded under his predecessor, Sir Alan Bowness, and even the division between Tate Britain and Tate Modern was