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''Radical Eye'' Helps Tate Attract Record Crowds

Written by Chief Editor.

The Tate is announcing that it has drawn a record number of visitors.

More than 8.4 million visits were made to its four galleries in 2016/17 with the vast majority 6.3 million going to the newly-extended Tate Modern. Its successes include exhibitions dedicated to Robert Rauschenberg's art and Sir Elton’s photo collection. In fact, a million more people visited Tate Modern in 2016 compared with the previous year.

The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography From The Sir Elton John Collection at the London establishment was drawn from the classic modernist period of the 1920s–50s. It consisted of over 70 artists and nearly 150 rare vintage prints. Some of the artists represented were Man Ray; Pablo Picasso; Imogen Cunningham; André Kertész; and Dorothea Lange.

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said: “Tate has had an incredible year and has shown once more why it is one of the world’s best art galleries.

“It has a vital role to play in increasing access to our national art collection, both in London and across the country, and so I am delighted there have been a record number of visits to its four galleries.”