Leading British artist and Turner Prize winner Simon Starling is set to create a major new project for the Tate Britain Commission 2013, supported by Sotheby’s.
The annual commission invites an artist to make work in response to the Tate’s current collection of British and international art. This year the honour has fallen to Starling, whose ambitious new installation has been developed especially for the neoclassical Duveen galleries in the heart of the Tate Britain.
It is set to be unveiled on March 11th and will remain in situ until October 20th, so people have got plenty of time to book stays one of the plethora of luxury hotels in London.
Many of Starling’s previous projects have taken art history and institutions as a point of departure. Indeed, Henry Moore was the inspiration behind the work entitled Infestation Piece between 2006 and 2008.
This saw a replica of Moore’s sculpture – Warrior with Shield – submerged in Lake Ontario for 18 months where it became encrusted with mussels. When the West and Soviet Union began to trade again in the 1980s, these crustaceans were transported to the Canadian lake from the Black Sea. Here they became symbols of Moore’s status as an artist working during the difficult period of the Cold War.
Head of contemporary art with Sotheby’s Europe Cheyenne Westphal said of the upcoming exhibition: “To be supporting Tate for the sixth year is a source of immense pride for Sotheby’s. Our ongoing sponsorship of the Tate Britain Commission will allow the output of a British Contemporary artist to be shown on this globally recognised platform in 2013.”
With the exhibition absolutely free to visit, it really would be a shame to miss out on seeing it on any trip to London.