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Tate Modern's Shape of Light; Art Fund Museum of the Year Prize 2018; Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling

The shortlist for the Art Fund Museum of the Year prize 2018 is announced. Plus, Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art at Tate Modern.

Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art, a new exhibition at Tate Modern, explores the intertwined stories of the two art forms from the early photographic experiments to the digital innovations of the 21st century. The two curators discuss the relationship between artists, including Jackson Pollock, Georges Braque and Bridget Riley, and photographers, including Man Ray and Edward Weston.

Stephen Deuchar, chair of the judging panel for the Art Fund Museum of the Year prize, reveals the shortlist for this year's award.

Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling was the bestselling novel of 2017 in Ireland, beating David Walliams to the coveted Christmas number one slot. The main character, Aisling, started life as a fake Facebook account created by two friends, Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen. They discuss bringing their surprise hit novel to the UK.

The chief economist at the Bank of England has said that popular trends in streaming music can be as important indicators of upcoming consumer confidence as more traditional statistical methods. Can trends in happy or sad downloads really be a basis for fiscal strategy? The BBC's Economics Editor Kamal Ahmed looks at the possibilities of the arts for economic forecasting.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Edwina Pitman.

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30 minutes

Chapters

  • Art Fund Museum of the Year Prize 2018

    Duration: 06:31

  • Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling

    Duration: 09:03

  • What music downloads can tell us about the economy

    Duration: 04:28

  • Tate Modern's Shape of Light

    Duration: 07:31

Museum of the Year 2018

Museum of the Year 2018

The Museum of the Year 2018 shortlist is announced on 01 May 2018.

Image: The Hepworth Wakefield, winner of the 2017 Museum of the Year award.

Image credit: Hufton + Crow

Click here for pictures and more info about the five museums shortlisted for the 2018 Museum of the Year award.  The winner will be announced on 05 July 2018.

 

The Shape of Light

The Shape of Light

The Shape of Light: 100 years of photography and abstract art is at the Tate Modern, London until 14 October 2018.

Images:

Main image above: Maya Rochat's A Rock Is A River 2018, Tate Modern Installion view of The Shape of Light exhibition

Courtesy Lily Robert and VITRINE, London|Basel (c) Maya Rochat

Photograph: Tate (Seraphina Neville)

Image to the Right: Barbara Kasten, Photogenic Painting, Untitled 74/13 1978

photograph, salted paper print

Courtesy the artist, Thomas Dane Gallery and Bortolami Gallery, New York

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

Oh My God What a Complete Aisling  by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen is out now in hardback, paperback and as an eBook.

Image: Sarah Breen (Left) and Emer McLaysaght

Image credit: Al Higgins

 

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Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest Stephen Deuchar
Interviewed Guest Emer McLysaght
Interviewed Guest Sarah Breen
Interviewed Guest Kamal Ahmed
Producer Edwina Pitman

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