One of the best spaces in the new extension of Tate Modern is the ‘Artist’s Room’ space on the 4th floor, immediately alongside the bridge across to the old building. I always wonder if creating this space was part of the original architect’s brief or it came as a happy accident. Here, with one of the best gifts that the Tate and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art were ever offered, is a frequently-changing (and free) programme of the best modern artists, such as would grace any Mayfair gallery.
The sequence of rooms allow different scales of art, from the introductory lobby to the large central space with its window overlooking the ever-changing world of Bankside outside, off of which are other spaces that allow more-focussed and complimentary displays to be shown.
The new extension opened with an exhibition here of Louise Bourgeois’s work; now it is the turn of American artist Jenny Holtzer whose art focuses on the meanings of words and phrases in many aspects of modern society as she brings them into the gallery in a variety of ways which are shown here at Tate Modern including stone benches, flickering texts running overhead, word-wallpaper, posters, paintings and meaningful objects in glass cases. Holtzer has brought the outside world of words into Tate Modern; viewers have the opportunity to also look outside at the world of words on adjacent buildings, restaurants and shops in Bankside, and consider the two together.