Review Round Up: Soul of A Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, Tate Modern

Tate Modern celebrates the work of black artists made during the Civil Rights movement and the birth of Black Power. 

Icon for My Man Superman (Superman Never Saved Any Black People – Bobby Seale), (c) Barkley L. Hendricks. Courtesy of artist and Jack Shainman Gallery.

The Guardian: ***** “This compelling show puts the battle for civil rights in a brutal, brilliant new light.”

The Independent: *** “This huge show is both a visual presentation and a densely worked, heavily documented argument.”

Evening Standard: **** “Twelve rooms, each with a distinct mood, altogether raise one big question — if a show’s theme is worthy, is everything in it automatically good? The answer will always be no. Nevertheless the curators ensure there’s no let-up of energy of one kind or another.”

The Telegraph: **** “This is a rich, absorbing and thought-provoking exhibition with enough themes and ideas to power three shows its size.”

City AM: **** 1/2 “This is a big exhibition, and yet it still feels constricted. There’s so much to show, so many artists who have been given such criminally short shrift, so much to catch up on.”

Culture Whisper: **** “Soul of a Nation magnificently spotlights an under-examined period and group of artists in American history.” “outstanding summer exhibition”

The Independent: “Observe this show closely. Enjoy its many pleasures, and above all heed its warnings.”

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power is on display until the 22nd October. For more information visit:

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