Tyler Shields Work Acquired by Tate Gallery

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Jax Native, Tyler Shields has been making waves around the world with his fun, provocative photography. In the process hes managed to piss off almost every tincture of society with his work. The internationally prestigious Tate Gallery has added Mr. Shields' work to their collection. Will Tyler end up being the most important photographer to come from Jville? More after the jump!


The Tate Modern acquired a new photograph (pictured above) by none other than Hollywood’s controversial bad boy photographer, Tyler Shields. Simon Baker, the museum’s curator of photography and international art, decided to make the move last February while attending the opening of Shields’s exhibition at the Imitate Modern Gallery.

That’s right folks: a major art museum has purchased a work by Tyler Shields

Tate Modern Curator, Simon Baker and Francesca Eastwood at the event acquiring Tyler's Barbie Series photograph.

Jacksonville's museum community has yet to show a single work by its most iconic and famous photographer.


When the Tate first opened its doors to the public in 1897 it had just one site, displaying a small collection of British artworks. Today Tate has four major sites and the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art, which includes nearly 70,000 artworks. A number of new developments are planned for Tate Modern, Tate Britain  and Tate St Ives to ensure the galleries continue to expand.

Tate Modern
In December 1992 the Tate Trustees announced their intention to create a separate gallery for international modern and contemporary art in London.

The former Bankside Power Station was selected as the new gallery site in 1994. The following year, Swiss architects Herzog & De Meuron were appointed to convert the building into a gallery. That their proposal retained much of the original character of the building was a key factor in this decision.

The iconic power station, built in two phases between 1947 and 1963, was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. It consisted of a stunning turbine hall, 35 metres high and 152 metres long, with the boiler house alongside it and a single central chimney. However, apart from a remaining operational London Electricity sub-station the site had been redundant since 1981.

In 1996 the design plans were unveiled and, following a £12 million grant from the English Partnerships regeneration agency, the site was purchased and work began. The huge machinery was removed and the building was stripped back to its original steel structure and brickwork. The turbine hall became a dramatic entrance and display area and the boiler house became the galleries.

Since it opened in May 2000, more than 40 million people have visited Tate Modern. It is one of the UK’s top three tourist attractions and generates an estimated £100 million in economic benefits to London annually.

Article by Stephen Dare