Charles Thomson: Lies, Damned Lies and Serota at the BBC

Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the /* xin2 */ Tate Gallery, has used the platform of the BBC in a blatant attempt to deceive the nation. Either that or

​ he is genuinely deluded himself. Both options render him unfit for major public office.

He was confronted on Radio 4

programme The Reunion: Tate Modern
on September 23rd by Sue MacGregor, regarding the Tate’s //--> purchase in 2005 of its trustee Chris Ofili’s work The Upper Room. She
observed with wry src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> understatement, “The Charity Commission said you didn’t quite follow the rules here.”

In 2006, as the BBC then reported, Charity

Commission chief executive Andrew Hind said there were “serious shortcomings … In any

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charity we would be concerned that such basic matters were neglected, but in a charity of the size and stature
of the Tate we are

very disappointed.”

The Guardian expounded, “The Tate has broken the law … By law, trustees cannot receive

them.”

Serota has a history of obfuscation, whether lies, half-truths, delusions, evasions or omissions. In 2004, he applied for

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a grant
condition of funding). Thanks to journalist
Chris Hastings and the Freedom of Information Act, it was revealed that, eight months prior to the application, the Tate had paid a £250,000 deposit. Serota blamed it on “a failing in my head”.

him to give, not

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his collection, but maybe ten works from his collection as a founding src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js"> collection for Tate Modern. But I’m afraid he didn’t feel for one reason or another able to do that.”

400;">This is obviously another failing in Serota’s head.

In 2004, the Evening Standard

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reported that in 1998, “Saatchi offered 86 works by 57 British artists – including Langlands & Bell, Turner Prize winner Martin Creed and Glenn Brown” (as well as Richard Billingham, Richard Wilson and Chantal Joffé). google_ad_height = 90; A Tate
spokeswoman confirmed the offer of 86 works, which google_ad_width = 970; were rejected google_ad_client = "ca-pub-3967079123942817"; as “The trustees felt on this occasion the works would be better suited in a collection elsewhere.”

Regarding The

Upper Room scandal, Christopher McCall QC wrote to

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the press in 2005 condemning “expediency … which has an appeal to an overbearing executive”. The Times said of the Tate: “If it had been a company, the verdict

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step into another prime position as Chairman of the Arts Council. His record is tarnished and far from admitting to his mistakes, he has the blinkered arrogance to pretend google_ad_slot = "7160667483"; they never happened.

We need leaders who do not have recurrent failings in

their head.

Charles Thomson
The Jackdaw

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