ARTIST ROOMS Robert Therrien: Smoke Signals
Tate Liverpool: Display
24 June – 16 October 2011
  • Robert Therrien, 'No Title (Table and Four Chairs)' 2003
    Robert Therrien
    No Title (Table and Four Chairs) 2003
    Painted aluminium, steel, wood and plastic
    displayed: 8920 x 14850 mm
    object, each (Chair): 2860 x 1430 x 1730 mm
    object (Table): 2690 x 4685 x 3620 mm
    Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008© ARS, NY and DACS, London 2009

Tate Liverpool presents Robert Therrien: Smoke Signals, a major display of work by influential American artist Robert Therrien. Presented together in Liverpool for the first time, Robert Therrien: Smoke Signals will feature a number of the artist’s large-scale sculptures alongside a selection of Therrien’s surprisingly intimate works on paper.

Based in Los Angles, Robert Therrien is renowned for experimenting with scale. The artist conjures up a world of the unexpected by creating objects that draw attention to details usually overlooked in the everyday world. 

At the heart of this display is No Title (Table and Four Chairs), a colossal table and chair set that stands almost ten feet high. No Title (Table and Four Chairs) has a deceptively childish charm and visitors to Tate Liverpool are invited to walk around, through and under this spectacular yet somehow commonplace work.

Robert Therrien: Smoke Signals draws upon ARTIST ROOMS, an inspired partnership with the Art Fund and the Scottish Government, making available the ARTIST ROOMS collection of international contemporary art to galleries throughout the UK. ARTIST ROOMS is jointly owned by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland and was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments.