Tate Acquires 100th Work For Its Collection From Frieze Art Fair


Tate has acquired 100 works as an addition to their collection thanks to The Outset /Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection. The selection panel includes Agustín Pérez Rubio (Artistic Director, MALBA, Buenos Aires) and Laurence Rassel (Director, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona) and also Frances Morris (Head of Collections, International Art, Tate), Ann Gallagher (Head of Collections, British Art, Tate), Tanya Barson (Curator, International Art, Tate) and Clarrie Wallis (Curator, Contemporary British Art, Tate). The fund is organised and financed by Outset and in 2014 enjoys continued support from Leviev Extraordinary Diamonds. The annual fund at Frieze London, allows Tate to acquire important works of art at the fair for the national collection. This year the Fund is set at £150,000.

Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate said of the fund: “For more than a decade, the Outset Contemporary Art Fund has played a major role in helping Tate to build the national collection of contemporary art for the benefit of audiences across the country and in London. We are immensely grateful to Outset for this support.”

Outset Contemporary Art Fund was founded in 2003 as a philanthropic organisation and is dedicated to supporting new art. The Tates list of works follows:

General Idea, AIDS (Wallpaper installation), 1988. Wallpaper, screenprint on paper. Overall display dimensions variable. Number 3 in an edition of 3 plus 1 artist’s proof. From: Maureen Paley.
Harun Farocki (1944 – 2014), Parallel I-IV, 2012-14. Video, 6 channels, 4 monitors, colour and sound. Duration, each: 16 min, 9 min, 7 min, 11 min. Number 4 in an edition of 6 plus 2 artist’s proofs. From: Greene Naftali.
Harun Farocki (1944 – 2014), Workers leaving the factory in 11 decades, 2006. Arbeiter verlassen die Fabrik in 11 Jahrzehnten. Video, 12 channels, 12 monitors, colour and sound. Duration: 12 min. Number 5 in the edition of 5. From: Thaddeus Ropac.
Lubaina Himid, (b. 1954), The Carrot Piece, 1985. Acrylic paint on wood, card, string, 2430 x 3350 mm. From: Hollybush Gardens.
Tate were also able to acquire an additional two works with an exceptional contribution from Frieze Art Fair to the Outset/Frieze Art Fair Fund; bringing the total number of works acquired by Tate at the fair to 100, by 69 artists, since 2003.
These works are: Slavs and Tatars, Love Letters (No. 7), 2014. Textiles, 247 x 247 x 0.5 cm. Number 2 in an edition of 3. From: Raster Gallery Bernardo Ortiz, (b. 1972), Untitled, 2014. Mixed media on paper. From: Casas Riegner.


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