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Work No. 253: THINGS

Martin Creed

Work No. 253: THINGS

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ArtistMartin Creed (Born 1968)
TitleWork No. 253: THINGS
MediumYellow neon sculpture
ProvenanceCabinet, London
Exhibition‘Government Art Collection: Selected by Cornelia Parker: Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain’, Whitechapel Gallery, London 16 September to 4 December 2011; ‘Revealed: Government Art Collection’, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 17 November 2012 to 24 February 2013, Ulster Museum, Belfast 15 March to 9 June 2013; British Business House, City Chambers, Glasgow 23 July to 25 July 2014
Dimensionsheight: 14.50 cm, width: 75.00 cm
Edition number1/3
AcquisitionPurchased from Cabinet, March 2001
LocationUK, London, Government Art Collection
GAC number17571

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The title and content of this sculpture raise questions about the nature of art and the value of works of art as physical objects. Martin Creed has stated that his works are concerned with "nothing in particular". While artists are often expected to have profound and perceptive messages to convey, Creed defies this expectation, suggesting that art has no intellectual impact on the world whatsoever. Martin Creed attracted much media attention in 2001 for his controversial "Work No. 227 The lights going on and off", part of his prize-winning entry for the Turner Prize.

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Martin Creed

Martin Creed was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, and studied at the Slade School of Art from 1986 to 1990. He has had solo exhibitions at Tate Britain and Southampton City Art Gallery. His work was included in the shows Intelligence, at Tate Britain (2000), and The British Art Show 5, which toured Manchester, Southampton, Cardiff and Birmingham (2000-01). He won the 2001 Turner Prize. Creed’s work is conceptual and crosses a range of media. In 2008, Creed created ‘Work No. 850’ for which relays of runners sprinted the length of the Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries roughly every minute. In 2011 his solo exhibition featuring a giant neon sign reading ‘Mothers’ opened at Hauser & Wirth in London. He lives and works in London and Italy.