Go See – London: Classified at Tate Britain through August 23rd 2009

July 6th, 2009

Untitled (Grey and Brown) (1991) by Fiona Rae, via Tate Britain

Currently on display at Tate Britain “Classified” presents a collection of the Tate’s newest additions featuring the work of British artists such as Damien Hirst, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Jeremy Deller and Tacita Dean. The exhibit will highlight new acquisitions which will be on display for the the first time such as Jake and Dinos Chapman’s Family Collection (2002) and two works from Damien Hirst’s recent gift to Tate: The Accquired Inability to Escape (1991) and Life Without You (1991).

Exhibition Page
Art at Tate Britain: it’s classified [The Guardian]
Damien Hirst v. the Chapmans at Tate Britain [The Guardian]
Culture Minute Video: Classified at Tate Britain [The Telegraph]
Classified: Contemporary Art at Tate Britain [Fadwebsite]

Forms without Life (1991) by Damien Hirst, via Tate Britain

The works displayed emphasize how we relate to the world in diverse ways and actions and how our interpretation of such various forms influences the material culture of our daily life. The exhibition highlights the desire to collect and categorize our surroundings juxtaposed with the instability of the meaning of that order.

Thirteen (2006) by Gillian Carnegie via Tate Britain

Familiar works such as Damien Hirst’s room installation Pharmacy (1992) and Mark Dion’s Tate Thames Dig (1999) are displayed next to works that have been acquired over the last five years such as Tacita Dean’s film portrait of Michael Hamburger (2007) and Rebecca Warren’s sculpture In the Bois (2005). The works allow the viewer to contemplate the artist’s construction of meaning as well as the museum’s role in classifying art objects.

Pharmacy by Damien Hirst  (1992), via Tate Britain

Classified is  curated by the Curator of Contemporary Art at Tate Britain, Clarrie Wallis and the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Tate, Andrew Wilson.

Come, Heja (2006) by Rebecca Warren, via Tate Britain

A Carving from the Chapman Family Collection (2002) via The Guardian

The Acquired Inability to Escape
(1991) by Damien Hirst, via The Guardian