WRITTEN BY HARRY WILLIAM PYE
‘In 2011 there was a show of Barry Flanagan’s early work which Penelope Curtis curated. I only knew him because of the Hare sculptures he did in the later years. I was really pleased she made that show happen – it was nice to be educated and see other sides to him.
Obviously Waldermar is entitled to have his say but I have spoken to many, many visitors to Tate Britain who like the collection being in chronological order and who like the fact more female artists are having their work displayed. The Phyllida Barlow display really got people talking and thinking. The Pre Raphs, Late Turner and Lowry were all hit shows that made lots of cash for the Tate.
And although, yes, I think it’s true that “Ruin Lust” and “Art Under Attack” were hard to get excited about, and that “Folk Art” could have been more ambitious – The “Schwitters in Britain” exhibition (curated by Emma Chambers) was a really lovely show. Ultimately I believe Tate Britain was lucky to have Penelope Curtis as director, it was an interesting ride and I wish her well for the future’.
AFTER ONE YEAR OF AD HOMINEM ATTACKS BY ART CRITICS FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES AND THE GUARDIAN, PENELOPE CURTIS MOVED ON TO LEAD A PORTUGUESE MUSEUM