Phyllida Barlow to create Tate Britain Commission 2014 in Duveen Galleries

By Culture24 Reporter | 07 January 2014

Phyllida Barlow will create the Tate Britain Commission 2014 in the Duveen Galleries



A teacher to Rachel Whiteread and Angela de la Cruz at the Slade School of Fine Art, Phyllida Barlow’s last major commission, at the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, wrapped lengths of timber in steel mesh, bright fabric ribbons, cement, fabric, spray paint and varnish.

The finished piece was crammed in front of a set of doors to create a museum entrance with a difference.

Now the London based artist has been confirmed as the latest to tackle the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain.

In Britain, Barlow has also been on kaleidoscopic form: Peninsula was made for BALTIC, in her birthplace of Newcastle, in 2004, and Stint, at the Mead Gallery in Warwick, made for an unsteady architectural landscape of glue, paint, rubber, hardboard and plastic. Details of her piece for Tate have yet to be released.

“I was very conscious of two particular contradictory aspects – the tomb-like interior galleries against the ever-present aspect of the river beyond,” she says of the mystery commission.

“Having seen the space evolve over several decades, I’m very excited by the opportunity to work in the Duveen Galleries.”

Penelope Curtis, the Tate Britain Director, said the work would be “exciting and challenging” in “scale and energy”, adding that Barlow’s ideas originated from a “deep love” of Tate’s sculptural collection.

  • Commission runs March 31 – November 2 2014. Supported by Sotheby's.

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