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Stuckism handy guide to the art world....
The Tate reveals how it dictates art with a self-fulfilling prophecy

1) The Tate Triennial

Artists are selected who conform to the Tate's narrow criteria for art. This is so-called "difficult" (i.e. meaningless and pretentious) art, preferably with so-called "new" media (e.g. film and photography, which were invented in the Victorian age). The right connections are an immense advantage. Officially approved curators, galleries* etc., who "respond to the edgy spirit of the times", are listed in the Tate's book Moving Targets 2: a User's Guide to British Art Now by
"art is money-sexy-social-climbing-fantastic!" recent Turner Prize jurist, Louisa Buck . Not surprisingly "there has been a correlation between the artists on show here and those who crop up in the Turner short list", according to Judith Nesbitt, Tate chief curator. On the basis of this prominence, work may be accepted into the collection.

2) The Turner Prize

On the basis that they are important because the Tate has made them important in the Tate Triennial, they can now be nominated for the Turner Prize, which means of course that they are even more important (Jim Lambie and Gillian Carnegie are examples from 2005). On the basis of this even greater importance, there is even more likelihood that work will be accepted into the collection. For a description of the above see the somewhat ironically-titled "New Britart stars spurn celebrity cult" in the Observer (26.2.06)

3) Tate Trustee Prize

On the basis that they are hugely important because the Tate has made them hugely important in the Turner Prize, they can now be appointed a Tate Trustee, which gives them an intimate working relationship with other Trustees, who make acquisitions decisions about their work, while they leave the room. Later, some of the colleagues who made the decision about the work will in turn leave the room while their own work is discussed. Sir Nicholas Serota, Tate Director, is of course influential with regard to acquistions, including those from trustees. Every seven years, the trustees in turn decide whether or not they will re-appoint him to be director. On this basis work will definitely be accepted into the collection (all artist trustees during Sir Nicholas Serota's directorship have had work accepted into the collection, one with over fifty works, and one whose work was bought for £705,000).

*Tate officially approved galleries: Sadie Coles, Hales Gallery, White Cube Gallery, Lisson Gallery, Cabinet Gallery, The Approach, Victoria Miro Gallery, Anthony d'Offay Gallery, Interim Art, Anthony Reynolds Gallery.