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👂AUDIO DESCRIPTION: Discover the story behind John Singer Sargent's Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose. Hear a detailed description of the artwork, including the colours and forms in the painting and how the artist made the work. Listen to the full description by clicking the link in today’s bio.
The painting is on free display at Tate Britain in the 1840s gallery.


#TateWeather: We hope you're enjoying the summer sun this weekend! ☀️ Thomas Seddon, Jerusalem and the Valley of Jehoshaphat from the Hill of Evil Counsel 1854–5, Tate collection


See American artist Jordan Wolfson's installation 'Colored sculpture' in the Tanks at Tate Modern.
The work features a menacing puppet over 7 feet tall, which is lifted, pulled, dragged and dropped to the floor by mechanised chains attached to each limb. Its eyes can fix on viewers and return their gaze. 👀

Confront @jordanmatthewwolfson's puppet before 26 August in gallery, meanwhile see today's story for a preview!


This week is the world premiere of William Kentridge’s major new work The Head & the Load in Tate Modern's #TurbineHall. Tate joined forces with @1418now, the UK’s arts programme for the #WWI centenary, to commemorate the significant contribution of African men and women in this conflict. Kentridge’s work tells the untold story of the hundreds of thousands of African porters and carriers who served in British, French and German forces.

Thank you to everyone involved in the making of The Head & the Load. The full performance will be available to watch online from 21 July, meanwhile watch today's stories for an extract of this special performance.


#Modigliani was born #onthisday in 1884. 🎈
Amedeo Modigliani, Madame Zborowska 1918, Tate collection


#ArtWords: Op art was a major development of painting in the 1960s that used geometric forms to create optical effects – from the subtle, to the disturbing and the disorientating.
Most of the prints Riley worked with are of images which the artist arrived at through making studies for paintings. During this period she was almost exclusively working in black and white.
See the Op Art in Focus free exhibition from 21 July at @tateliverpool

Bridget Riley, Untitled [Fragment 1/7] 1965, Tate collection


#WorkoftheWeek is Maggi Hambling's portrait of her eighty-year-old neighbour in Clapham, South London.

According to Hambling, Mrs Rose often wore the blue dress and always had a clip in her hair. Her twisted arthritic hands were, in Hambling's view, a result of a life spent in domestic service. The ring on her left hand is her wedding ring. 'My great thing is that the subject dictates to me, so those waves are in charge of me as I try to paint them.' - Maggi Hambling
Maggi Hambling, Portrait of Frances Rose 1973, Tate collection


#RogerBallen is one of the most influential photographic artists of the 21st century. Renowned for his striking, visceral black and white photographs, he has a style he describes as ‘documentary fiction’, blending stark reality and set design.

Click the link in our bio to journey through @rogerballen's work, as he points out the essence of a good picture and how it can lodge itself deep within the psyche. 'What is there, what is really real?' He asks.


Happy Birthday #DavidHockney!
A Bigger Splash 1967, on free display at Tate Britain 💦


#ArtWords: 'Canvas' is a strong, woven cloth traditionally used by artists as a surface to paint on, seen here in R.B. Kitaj's The Wedding 1989–93.
See The Wedding on display in #AllTooHuman: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life at Tate Britain.


Happy #Pride 2018!

Patrick Procktor, Victoria Falls 1974, Tate collection


'I paint my own reality' - Frida Kahlo, born #onthisday in 1907.
#FridaKahlo Self Portrait with Monkey 1940, Private collection. ©️ Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / DACS 2018