Spectacular new sculpture for Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art

  • 13 May 2009

Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art has acquired a major piece of sculpture, Seven and Seven Is or Sunshine Bathed the Golden Glow by Turner-shortlisted artist Jim Lambie. The purchase of this vibrant and exciting work has been made possible by a £76,700 grant from independent charity The Art Fund.

A riotously coloured freestanding sculpture, Seven and Seven Is or Sunshine Bathed the Golden Glow is made from chairs painted in gloss, cut in half and piled on top of one another to create a wavelike formation. Handbags covered with fragments of broken mirror are attached to it at various points. The evocative title refers to two songs recorded by rock bands Love and Felt, and is a musical reference characteristic of Lambie’s work.

Lambie is one of the most important Scottish artists of his generation and has made a significant contribution to Glasgow’s worldwide reputation as a centre for contemporary visual art. Created in 2008, Seven and Seven Is formed the centrepiece of Lambie’s solo exhibition at GoMA the same year. Jim Lambie – Forever Changes was the gallery’s largest and most popular show of 2008, drawing 310,000 visitors.

David Barrie, Director of The Art Fund, said: "Following its instant popularity at last year’s exhibition, Seven and Seven Is will be a star attraction at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art. Lambie’s international reputation and Glaswegian roots make his work an essential presence in the gallery’s permanent collection."

Bailie Liz Cameron, Chair of Culture and Sport Glasgow said: "The people of Glasgow have a rich and varied collection of artistic treasures and thanks to the continued support of The Art Fund, Glasgow City Council can now add to that with this outstanding sculpture. Jim Lambie's Forever Changes exhibition was a huge hit for the Gallery of Modern Art last year. We are extremely grateful to The Art Fund for their support in acquiring new works which will delight audiences for many years to come."

Lambie‘s work takes familiar objects and transforms them into daring and unique pieces, combining original materials and techniques with playful and pertinent references to culture and society. Ordinary objects are altered and embellished with materials such as paint, tape and Perspex to create new and striking arrangements.

Jim Lambie was born in Glasgow in 1964; a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, he continues to live and work in the city. His work has featured at the 2003 Venice Biennale, the 2005 Turner Prize and more recently at last year’s Colour Chart: Reinventing Colour, 1950 to today at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Seven and Seven Is joins other works of art by Glasgow-based artists with international reputations bought with Art Fund help, including Phantom by Alison Watt (2007) and Simon Starling’s Tabernas Desert Run (2004), reflecting GoMA’s enduring commitment to purchasing work that reflects the development and practice of contemporary fine art in Scotland.

Seven and Seven Is was created for the 2008 Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts. The fourth Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts takes place between 16 April – 3 May 2010. For more information visit www.glasgowinternational.org

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For more information contact Katie Lewis at The Art Fund Press Office on media@artfund.org, T: 0207 225 4888 or Gordon Boag, Culture and Sport Glasgow at Gordon.boag@csglasgow.org or call 0141 287 6418

Notes to Editors:The Art Fund is the UK’s leading independent art charity. It offers grants to help UK museums and galleries enrich their collections; campaigns on behalf of museums and their visitors; and promotes the enjoyment of art. It is entirely funded from public donations and has 80,000 members. Since 1903 the charity has helped museums and galleries all over the UK secure 860,000 works of art for their collections. Recent achievements include: helping secure Titian’s Diana and Actaeon for the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Gallery, London in February 2009 with a grant of £1 million; helping secure Anthony d’Offay’s collection, ARTIST ROOMS, for Tate and National Galleries of Scotland in February 2008 with a grant of £1million; and running the ‘Buy a Brushstroke’ public appeal which raised over £550,000 to keep Turner’s Blue Rigi watercolour in the UK. For more information contact the Press Office on 020 7225 4888 or visit www.artfund.org.

In 2007 GoMA was the recipient of a £1 million award through The Art Fund’s scheme Art Fund International to help the gallery develop its collection of international contemporary art. So far it has purchased 12 works of art through the scheme.

The Art Fund is a Registered Charity No. 209174