Turner-winning Creed installation bought for Tate
- Tate Britain
- 2 September 2013
Martin Creed's Work No. 227: The Lights Going On and Off, which won him the Turner Prize in 2001, has been acquired for the Tate Collection with help from the Art Fund.
Creed's work has drawn comparison with the works of Duchamp and Yves Klein, two other artists who subverted and questioned the idea of 'art'. Work No. 227 consists of an empty gallery in which the lights turn on and off every five seconds.
Talking to Michael Craig-Martin in an interview for Art Quarterly, Creed said: "It's a mini-theatrical production. The lights going on and off is a designed work: it's designed and then it's executed."
Born in Wakefield in 1968 and raised in Glasgow, Creed studied at London's Slade School of Art. He is often described as the "minimalist's minimalist" for his pared-down works, such as Work No. 850, in which an athlete ran back and forth through a gallery in Tate Britain.
Work No. 227 was bought with help from the Art Fund, Tate Members and Konstantin Grigorishin. It will go on display at Tate Britain from 21 October 2013 to 13 April 2014 as part of the BP Spotlights series.
Martin Creed's full interview with Michael Craig-Martin is available in the autumn 2013 issue of Art Quarterly.