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 by artists as various as Lucian Freud and Victorian agricultural painter Thomas Weaver or contemporary artist film-maker Tacita Dean and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Brett.
The display will offer an insight into the ways artists compose images, orientate the viewer and lead the eye. Richard Long's photograph of a path trodden through a field guides the viewer's gaze much like Romantic painter John Crome's painting of Norwich in 1818. Tracey Emin's photograph of herself in a wild landscape casually reading in an armchair echoes the ease with which Joseph Wright of Derby's sitter lounges among the foliage in a painting of 1781. Shared visual languages which transcend different periods, movements and media are revealed.
Looking at the View will offer a visual journey through striking landscape works. Highlights include iconic works such as Gilbert & George's The Nature of our Looking 1970, Patrick Caulfield's After Lunch 1975 and John Nash's The Cornfield 1918. This thematic display is part of the BP British Art Displays, curated by Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain and Tim Batchelor, Assistant Curator 1550- 1750, British Art. Admission is free.
The exhibition runs from 12 February to 2 June 2013.