Martin Creed has created a new work for the Duveen galleries at Tate Britain that was unveiled on June 30. This coveted commission has been undertaken by Mark Wallinger, Michael Landy, Anya Gallaccio and Mona Hatoum in recent years. Creed is one of the most engaging and thought-provoking contemporary British artists working today. He creates arresting artworks that often disrupt the norm and are characterised by a playful humour and a minimalist approach to his materials. One of Creed’s most famous pieces is Work No.227: The lights going on and off, shown at Tate Britain in 2001, the year he won the Turner Prize. The new work is on display to the public until November 16.
"...to run is to be alive, and to run as fast as you can in a place founded to embalm, or at least preserve, the past is doubly exhilarating.
Just watching these lithe young athletes as they sped past every 30 seconds set me up for the day. If Creed's work doesn't make you happy, nothing will."