Tate Britain

ARTIST ROOMS: Martin Creed Until 10 March 2019

Main Floor

Photo © Tate, 2018; Photographer Matt Greenwood

Martin Creed uses wit and playfulness to challenge and question how we perceive commonplace objects, simple gestures and everyday actions

Repetition, stacks and intervals often feature in his work, along with ascending and descending structures. But he brings humour and idiosyncrasy to what might otherwise seem strictly ordered. By inventing systems for creating art, he makes visible the challenges of choosing.

The problem was to attempt to establish, amongst other things, what material something could be, what shape something could be, what size something could be, how something could be constructed, how something could be situated ... how many of something there could be, or should be, if any, if at all.

Martin Creed

Creed’s work emerges from an ongoing series of investigations into commonplace materials and objects such as children’s marker pens and the metronomes on display here. Through subtle interventions he celebrates the ordinary, and highlights the possibilities of everyday stuff. By identifying his works primarily through a numbering system, Creed gives them equal status, regardless of size or material.

ARTIST ROOMS is a collection of international modern and contemporary art jointly owned by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. ARTIST ROOMS was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments.

Curated by Sofia Karaman


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Art in this room

Martin Creed Work No. 112


Martin Creed Work No. 944


Martin Creed Work No. 1104


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