Monday, January 14, 2008

2001 Turner Prize Winner Awarded Prestigious Tate Commission

Martin Creed Awarded Tate's 2008 Duveen Galleries Commission

Was it my endorsement of Martin Creed in an earlier blog post here on Art Comments that led to him securing the prestigious Duveen Galleries Commission at Tate Modern? We shall never know.

Not too long ago Jackie Wullschlager, in an FT article derided Creed's Work No. 227: The lights going on and off, for which he won the 2001 Turner Prize. In this instance, I disagree with her. One can't help but notice in Wullschlager's article (click here: Not all prize-winners are equal) the prevalent bias for paintings which is not a correct starting point for judging Creed's work or any other artist whose medium is not a traditional one. Jackie writes, "This piece of punk-pretension was silly enough when first exhibited in 2001".

Last year, here in New York, Bard College had a comprehensive survey of his work, here's a link: Press Release Bard College.

Martin Creed is represented by the gallery Hauser & Wirth.

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