Since my speech about Year Zero last week at the National Conservatism conference we have been deluged with yet more glowing examples of what I am calling the ‘endless present mindset’.
Unlike the Tate Modern (or the Tate Postmodern, as it should be rechristened), the Tate Britain is known for being the place to go if you want to see Britain’s classical art. When I worked nearby, I would sometimes slink off during my lunchbreak to visit their pre-Raphaelite collection, including one of my favourite paintings, John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott. It is a work of art that conjures Britain’s ancient, enchanted, pastoral soul.
Tough luck if you want to do the same! The painting has been purged as part of the Tate’s new rehanging which now ‘centres’ radical politics, colonialism and environmental catastrophism. Why? To provide an “inclusive view of art history,” of course, and showcase “the growing diversity of the Tate’s collection”.