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Via the Sotheby’s Contemporary Currents blog / CHEYENNE WESTPHAL
LONDON – We’ve enjoyed a long relationship with the Tate supporting what is now known as the Tate Britain Commission, and used to be the Duveens Commission. Sotheby’s has just formally renewed the relationship again, which will take our involvement with the project to more than a decade. Our support has allowed the commission to become an annual event, featuring fantastically innovative work by Martin Creed (2008), Eva Rothschild (2009), Fiona Banner (2010), Patrick Keiller (2012)and Simon Starling (2013).
This year sculptor Phyllida Barlow has won the commission and on 31 March will unveil her largest and most ambitious work in London, dock 2014. Her comments at the opening on Monday underlined the role of the commission: “Having seen the space evolve over several decades, I’m very excited by the opportunity to work in the Duveen Galleries. Considering a body of new work, I was very conscious of two particular contradictory aspects: the tomb-like interior galleries against the ever-present aspect of the river beyond.”
Barlow is an artist who uses inexpensive everyday materials such as cardboard, fabric, timber, polystyrene, plaster, scrim and cement, to make imposing, large-scale sculptures and installations.
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