Work No. 253: THINGS

Martin Creed (1968 - )

Yellow neon sculpture

2000

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  • About the work

    The title and content of this sculpture raise questions about the nature of art and the value of works of art as physical objects. Martin Creed has stated that his works are concerned with "nothing in particular". While artists are often expected to have profound and perceptive messages to convey, Creed defies this expectation, suggesting that art has no intellectual impact on the world whatsoever. Martin Creed attracted much media attention in 2001 for his controversial "Work No. 227 The lights going on and off", part of his prize-winning entry for the Turner Prize.

  • About the artist
    Martin Creed was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire. He studied at the Slade School of Art, London, since when he has exhibited his work widely around the world. Creed is perhaps best known for his controversial Turner Prize show at the Tate Gallery in 2001, the year that he won the Prize. His conceptual piece, ‘Work No. 227, the lights going on and off’ consisted of an empty room in which lights were periodically switched on and off. He followed this up in 2008 with ‘Work No. 850’, an installation at Tate Britain, in which a runner sprinted the length of the gallery’s neo-classical sculpture galleries every 30 seconds for four months. Recent solo exhibitions of Creed’s work include shows in Moscow, Edinburgh and London. He lives and works in London.
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    Title
    Work No. 253: THINGS
    Edition
    1/3
    Date
    2000
    Medium
    Yellow neon sculpture
    Dimensions
    height: 14.50 cm, width: 75.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Cabinet, March 2001
    Inscription
    none
    Provenance
    Cabinet, London
    GAC number
    17571