12 February – 2 June 2013
Artists across the centuries have depicted the landscape around them in a multitude of ways, from detailed close ups of nature to distant views framed by trees or soaring bird’s-eye perspectives. In early 2013 Tate Britain presents Looking at the View, a new BP British Art display exploring the ways British artists have framed the view in their work from J.M.W. Turner and William Hodges to Tracey Emin and Julian Opie. The display will reveal apparently unconnected artists have looked at the landscape in surprisingly similar ways, and raise questions about how much art influences the way we all see our surroundings.
Looking at the View will span 300 years of British art from the golden age of Romantic landscape painting right through to Land Art and contemporary artists’ use of photography and film. It will group artists from different periods according to a common motif whether a horizon line or a winding path. By juxtaposing work across time the display will highlight unexpected affinities between works.