The Tate has purchased the instructions to artist Martin Creed’s notorious Work No. 227: The Lights Going On and Off. Fittingly titled, the 2001 work involves the constant flicking of light in a room from on to off and back again, and won Creed the Turner Prize when it was first unveiled, dispute vocal protests from tabloids and artists. “It is an important work. It is a sober minimalist piece in a long line of artists using every day materials for potent formal and psychological effect. It’s not easy viewing.” Says critic Louisa Buck.
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