In a testament to its ongoing commitment to enriching its collections, Tate Modern announced a series of significant acquisitions made possible through a fund supported by Endeavor. For the eighth consecutive year, Endeavor has earmarked £150,000 exclusively for Tate’s acquisitions at Frieze, the renowned international contemporary art fair. This year’s additions, carefully curated by a panel of art experts, reflect the diversity and innovation characterizing the global art landscape.
Tate’s longstanding partnership with Endeavor has acquired over 160 works by over 100 artists since Frieze’s inception two decades ago. These acquisitions have graced Tate’s galleries and showcased in numerous displays and exhibitions, enriching the cultural fabric for millions of visitors.
Maria Balshaw, Tate’s Director, expressed her gratitude for Endeavor’s consistent support, emphasizing these acquisitions’ enduring impact on Tate’s exhibitions. The acquisitions showcase Tate’s dedication to fostering diverse voices and perspectives within the art world.
Among the notable acquisitions this year are works by several groundbreaking artists:
Tessa Boffin (1960–1993)
Angelic Rebels: Lesbians and Safer Sex 1989/2023
A collection of five archival inkjet prints acquired from Hales Gallery. These prints, titled “Angelic Rebels,” delve into themes of identity and sexual health, showcasing Boffin’s unique perspective.
Adam Farah-Saad (b.1991)
NETWORK & CONTACT (N22 DISCREET MIX) 2023
MY POOR TRAPPED IMMIGRANT PARENT CONSUMED BY BITTERNESS, WHOSE CRUSHED DREAMS TURNED INTO MY TRAUMA (The Sidewardly Mobile Mix) 2023
T!M£ (2 GROW UP MIX) 2023
Two gym benches, various installations, and a wall-mounted half-rack form an immersive experience acquired from the Public Gallery. These pieces, steeped in introspection and city life, offer a poignant narrative of urban survival.
Ayoung Kim (b.1979)
Delivery Dancer’s Sphere 2022
Evening Peak Time is Back in 2022
Two distinct acquisitions from Gallery Hyundai include a video projection piece and a collaborative wallpaper showcasing Kim’s inventive use of multimedia.
I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih (Murni) (1966–2006)
Making Pleasure 1998 (Bikin Kesenangan)
Acquired from Gajah Gallery, Murni’s acrylic painting on canvas offers a profound exploration of human pleasure and desire, capturing the essence of emotions on canvas.
Santiago Yahuarcani (b.1961)
The Spirit of the Camala 2023 (Espíritu de Camala)
An exquisite barkcloth adorned with dye and paint was acquired for Tate’s collection. Yahuarcani’s work resonates with indigenous traditions and contemporary expression, bridging the past and the present.
Endeavor, a global sports and entertainment company, remains at the forefront of empowering artistic endeavors. Their partnership with Tate exemplifies a shared commitment to fostering creative innovation and expanding cultural horizons. The acquisitions, diverse in form and message, underscore Tate’s enduring dedication to celebrating creativity worldwide.
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