Time for a change at the top of Tate?

Country Life Every Week - - Athena - Cul­tural Cru­sader

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

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