Artistic Director of Tate St Ives Martin Clark
and Head of Exhibitions at Turner Contemporary Sarah Martin
reflect on their curatorial approach to Katz’s work for Give Me Tomorrow
‘The very different institutional histories of Tate St Ives and Turner Contemporary are inextricably linked to painting. St Ives became one of the pre-eminent centres for the production of art, and in particular abstract painting, in the early twentieth century, whilst Margate’s credentials date back to the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries when JMW Turner made frequent visits to the north Kent coast. In both locations, it was the particular quality of the light and the sense of place which inspired artists to spend time there.
Hence it seems entirely appropriate that we decided to collaborate on this exhibition of work by the towering figure of American painting, Alex Katz. We have worked closely to realise the exhibition in our respective institutions and it will undoubtedly take on different nuances in our particular contexts.’ Martin Clark, Artistic Director Tate St Ives.Martin Clark
has been artistic director at Tate St Ives since 2007, leading the development and delivery of the Exhibitions and Displays program, as well as the wider public program including Interpretation and Learning. Previously, he was curator of exhibitions at Arnolfini, Bristol (2005-2007), and curator and exhibitions tutor at Kent Institute of Art and Design (now University College of the Creative Arts) (2002-2005).Sarah Martin
joined Turner Contemporary as Exhibitions Curator in April 2007 and was appointed Head of Exhibitions in 2009. Previously she worked at Camden Arts Centre, London as Exhibitions Organiser (2004-2007) and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead where she was assistant curator working on artist commissions and exhibitions both in the lead up to and after the opening of the new building (1998-2004). She has also worked at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London and Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.
Alex Katz: Give Me Tomorrow
has been developed in collaboration with Tate St Ives.
See Alex Katz talk about his work in the Tate Shots film at the bottom of this page, courtesy of Tate. This exhibition is a collaboration with Tate St Ives
, where the exhibition is on show until 23 September before travelling to Margate