Architecture: Industrial Revolution

Formerly a power station, the Tate's newest gallery now generates another kind of energy

There is no groovier vocation these days than that of the young British artist. It's not just that one's every artistic exploit is broadcast by a reactionary press, giving one the status of a naughty rock star. And it's not just that one can, on the strength of that notoriety, open a profitable business like Pharmacy, the restaurant owned by Damien Hirst, known for his work with polka dots and animals in formaldehyde.

What makes the occupation especially sweet is that as of this month, one has a supersize, super-hyped gallery of sufficient wattage to house one's work: the former Bankside...

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