Press Release

Tate Acquires Major New Works of Contemporary Art at Frieze

The following works have been acquired as gifts to the Tate Collection thanks to the The Outset /Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection:
Hurvin Anderson born 1965
Jersey 2008
Oil on canvas
2500 x 2080 mm
Thomas Dane Gallery, London

Andrea Fraser born 1965
Projection 2008
Two channel high definition video projection
50 minutes
Edition 1/5 + 1AP
Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne

Běla Kolářová born 1923
Assemblage 1969
Paperclips on paper
880 x 595mm
1060 x 770 mm (framed)
Galerie Krobath Wimmer, Vienna
Lorna Simpson born 1960
Photo booth 2008
50 found photo booth portraits and 50 ink drawings on paper
each 50 x 38 cm (unframed)
Overall dimensions variable upon installation
Salon 94, New York

Tris Vonna-Michell born 1982
<>> 2008
Reel to reel tape, porcelain, ink on paper
Dimensions variable
Cabinet, London
Akram Zaatari born 1966
Nature Morte 2008
Video projection
11 minutes
Dimensions variable
Ed 2/5 + 1 AP
Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg
A total of £125,000 was spent on acquiring the works.
Each year, two prominent international curators are invited to work alongside Tate curators to select works. This year, the international curators were Thelma Golden (Director and Chief Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem) and Sabine Breitwieser (independent curator and General Secretary of CIMAM).
The Fund is organised by Outset which was founded in 2003 as a philanthropic organisation dedicated to supporting new art. The charity focuses on raising private funding from its supporters and trustees for public museums, galleries and art projects.
With Tate’s annual government funding for its acquisitions effectively frozen since 1982, and now worth a small proportion of its original value, the Fund helps provide a much needed contribution towards Tate’s ongoing campaign to develop its Collection. A significant number of works acquired through the Fund are currently on display at Tate Modern.
Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate said: “We are grateful to the continuing support of the Outset/Frieze Art Fair Fund which has enabled Tate to significantly extend its Collection of work by new and emerging artists. This is increasingly important at a time when government funding for acquisitions is so limited.”

The 2008 Outset / Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection is organised and funded by Outset Contemporary Art Fund and enjoys sponsorship from Champagne Laurent-Perrier and Le Méridien, with additional support from John Jones.