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ARTIST ROOMS - Robert Therrien: Smoke Signals

ARTIST ROOMS returns to Tate Liverpool this summer, showcasing the extraordinary, oversized sculpture by American artist Robert Therrien alongside a selection of his works on paper.

Friday 24 June – Sunday 16 October 2011

ARTIST ROOMS returns to Tate Liverpool this summer, showcasing the extraordinary, oversized sculpture No Title (Table and Four Chairs) 2003 by American artist Robert Therrien alongside a selection of sculpture and works on paper.

Following the success of 2009 and 2010, nineteen museums and galleries across the UK in 2011 will be showing twenty-three ARTIST ROOMS exhibitions and displays from the collection created by Anthony d’Offay, and acquired by the nation in February 2008. ARTIST ROOMS on Tour with the Art Fund has been devised to enable this collection held by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland to reach and inspire new audiences across the country, particularly young people.

Robert Therrien (b 1947) was born in Chicago and lives and works in Los Angeles. In the early 1980s he became known for making simple, recognisable objects such as pitchers, coffins and doors, in a variety of media including copper, wood and bronze. He began experimenting with scale in the 1990s, enlarging household objects to gigantic proportions.  His work gives an air of magic to the everyday by changing the viewer’s perspective.  The overwhelming size of Therrien’s sculptures creates an inescapable interaction between the viewer, the artwork and the surroundings.  Therrien’s imposing work, No Title (Table and Four Chairs) 2003, will fill the ground floor Wolfson Gallery at Tate Liverpool, inviting visitors to experience the ordinary becoming extraordinary.  Also on display will be the sculptures No Title (Beard Cart) 2004 and No Title (Stacked Plates) 2010, and two works on paper, No Title (Scrubbrush panel) 1997 and No Title (Large Red Brick Drawing) 2003.

Robert Therrien: Smoke Signals runs in parallel with Tate Liverpool’s exhibition René Magritte: The Pleasure Principle (24 June – 23 October 2011), a major retrospective of the Belgian Surrealist who had a major influence on Therrien.  Tate Liverpool’s surreal summer continues into the autumn with Alice in Wonderland (4 November 2011 – 29 January 2012). 

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Editor notes

Tate Liverpool previously displayed ARTIST ROOMS: Sol LeWitt from May-Sept 2009.

The Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for works of art and plays a major part in enriching the range and quality of art on public display in the UK. It campaigns, fundraises and gives money to museums and galleries to buy and show art, and offers many ways of enjoying it through its events and membership scheme. Under its programme of charitable activity, initiatives include sponsoring the UK tour of the ARTIST ROOMS collection so that it reaches several million people across the UK each year, and fundraising: two recently successful campaigns include bringing in £6 million to save the Staffordshire Hoard for the West Midlands and Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s The Procession to Calvary for Nostell Priory, in partnership with the National Trust. Over the past year, the Art Fund has helped get an additional £18 million worth of art into public collections and has placed around 500 gifts of art in museums and galleries.

The Art Fund is funded entirely by its art-loving and museum-going members and supporters who believe that great art should be for everyone to enjoy.
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