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Tate Britain invited Bob and Roberta Smith to decorate their Christmas Tree. Smith decided to make a new tree out of recycled material collected from the gallery. Continuing the eco-theme, he invited his friend Tim Siddall from Electric Pedals to engineer a system for powering the Christmas lights - using a selection of second-hand bicycles. We caught up with Bob and Tim in Bob's studio in East London, where they were preparing for the exhibition and sung us a song. Later, we asked enthusiastic bike-peddlers about their best and worst memories of Christmas. Make Your Own Xmas , Tate Britain, until 4 January 2009
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Uhambo is the name of the new show at Tate Modern by South African artist Nicholas Hlobo (the title means 'journey' in Xhosa, his native tongue). Soon after installing the exhibition, Hlobo showed us around. The work contains materials ranging from ribbon to rubber - even iPod earphones - creating pieces that are as appealingly tactile as they are to the eye. "I view the paper as a desert," he says, "it's empty, it's dry, and somehow it needs some life." Nicholas Hlobo: Uhambo , Tate Modern, until 1 March 2009
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Here's a packed preview of what happened when we took TateShots across the pond. Look out for all the episodes, featuring artists such as Jeff Koons, Lawrence Weiner, Marina Abramovic and Marcel Dzama (pictured), in a special edition of TateShots coming in the new year.
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Jim Aitchison is a composer who takes his inspiration directly from visual art. He's currently working on a piece of music in response to Tate Modern's Rothko show. One day in December he brought The Kreutzer Quartet, Michael Thompson and Nicholas Clapton along to the exhibition to improvise amongst Rothko's Seagram Murals . The results will be performed at a special concert to take place in the space in January. We were there to ask him about the challenge of translating paint into sound. Shadows of Light (Music from the Seagram Murals), Tate Modern, Monday 26 January 2009 Rothko , Tate Modern, until 1 February 2009
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Who lives in a house like this? That's the question posed by Thomas Demand in his latest work, a series of photographs depicting the Oval Office of the White House, Washington D.C. Demand's photographs have never been quite what they seem, and this series continues his preoccupation with blurring boundaries between the real and unreal. The set was meticulously constructed from cardboard, paper and confetti. It is devoid of humanity; and certain details, like the stars of the American flag, are oddly missing, creating an unnerving atmosphere. The work is on show at Sprueth Magers London , whilst at Tate Modern, visitors can see a work from 2006, Tavern .
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When Damien Hirst was a kid, he says, ‘All my paintings were like bad Bacons’. We invited Damien to Tate Britain to see the Francis Bacon retrospective . He tells us why he loves the Crucifixion and Head series’: detail that vanishes the closer you get, paint like blood and guts. ‘That’s probably why I love Bacon paintings . When I first saw them they reminded me of places I'd seen in nightmares.’ Francis Bacon Tate Britain, until 4 January 2009
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The painter and acclaimed director of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Julian Schnabel visited Tate Modern recently, where his work Humanity Asleep 1982 forms part of a new display of paintings from the 1980s. We caught up with him as he encountered the display for the first time, and asked him about his experiments with surface (this one’s made of broken crockery), and how it feels to see the work today. UBS Openings: Paintings from the 1980s Tate Modern, until 13 April 2009
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Laying dormant under the ground adjacent to Tate Modern’s turbine hall, the mammoth Oil Tanks are now a key part of the plans to develop the building over the next five years. As a prelude to the building work, Tate invited artists Bonnie Camplin and Paulina Olowska to create a special tour for a few lucky members of the public. Using light, found objects and their own creations, they give the space a surreal twist, before guiding a group and pointing out their interventions in eerie silence. UBS Openings: Saturday Live: Bonnie Camplin and Paulina Olowska: Usher We (Down There), Tate Modern, 27 September 2008
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He might not be a household name but the Austrian Heimo Zobernig is regarded as one of the most significant European artists working today. For his new show at Tate St Ives Zobernig not only shows his own work, but is also let loose with the Tate Collection, curating an idiosyncratic selection including works by Pablo Picasso, Barbara Hepworth, Marcel Duchamp and many more. Creative Director of Tate St Ives Martin Clark gave us a tour of the show and explains his choices. Heimo Zobernig and the Tate Collection Tate St Ives, until 11 January 2009
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As one half of architecture superstars Herzog and De Meuron , Jacques Herzog has been behind some of the world’s most spectacular buildings – from Beijing’s Olympic Stadium to the original Tate Modern nearly a decade ago. Plans are now afoot for an ambitious new extension to Tate Modern. TateShots was given privileged access to the architects’ studio in Basel, Switzerland, where work is well underway. In our film, Herzog talks about his excitement to be working on the project, and why TM2 (as the new building is currently known) will stand out in London’s busy skyline.
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Paul Nash served as an official artist in the Second World War. His painting Totes Meer , German for ‘dead sea’, was inspired by a graveyard for wrecked aircraft at Cowley in Oxfordshire. Journalist Simon Grant visits the site to explore the origins of this work and discovers that as well as being a compelling memorial to the ravages of war, it may symbolise a more personal history of lost love. Totes Meer is currently on display at Tate Britain.
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We preview the first UK exhibition of the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle, which opens this month at Tate Liverpool. Beautiful, flamboyant, daring, provocative and fiercely independent, she emerged in the 1960s as a powerful and original figure in the highly masculine international arts world. The exhibition includes her acclaimed Shooting Pictures , made by firing a .22 rifle into bags of paint strapped to a canvas, as well as her brightly coloured, exuberant sculptures of enormous women, which she christened the ‘Nanas’. Niki de Saint Phalle , Tate Liverpool, 1 February - 5 May 2008
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Recently at Tate Modern, unwitting gallery-goers were confronted by mounted police who rode back and forth, corralling people and controlling their movements. Cuban artist Tania Bruguera talks about her latest performance work and explains why she’s not interested in presenting images that can be viewed at a safe distance, but instead wants people to personally experience the dynamics of power. UBS Openings: Live: The Living Currency , took place at Tate Modern, 26-27 January 2008
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Afghan artist Lida Abdul describes the chance encounter that became the basis for her elegiac film Dome . Abdul calls her pieces ‘anti-monuments’, and in Dome we see a small boy dancing alone in the centre of a bombed-out building in Kabul. The boy’s circling movements trace the shape of the roofless dome as he looks up at the sky, then comes the sinister throbbing of whirling rotor blades as a helicopter passes overhead. Illuminations, Tate Modern, until 24 February 2008
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Sanford Biggers’ video features the artist and friends taking part in an improvised bell-ringing ceremony at a Zen temple in Japan. As Biggers explains, a number of the metal bells used in the video were fabricated from melted-down hip-hop jewellery. He talks to TateShots about making this work, and the connections he sees between the traditions of African-American hip-hop and Buddhism. Illuminations, Tate Modern, until 24 February 2008
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Muñoz described himself as a storyteller, and often arranged his figures and objects in carefully staged configurations that hint at unsettling and ambiguous scenarios. One of the last things he made before his untimely death in 2001 at the age of 48 was a vast stage-set-like installation for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. Now Tate Modern is presenting the first major retrospective of his work in the UK. Curator Sheena Wagstaff offers an overview of the exhibition. Juan Muñoz: a Retrospective , Tate Modern, until 27 April 2008