Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Trees at Tate

Catherine Yass, Christmas Tree, 2000

Shirazeh Houshiary, Christmas Tree, 1993

Sarah Lucas, Cherubim/Allegory of Love 2006

Every year since 1988 Tate has commissioned a leading contemporary artist to design its Christmas Tree. The tree is situated in the Rotunda at Tate Britain. From 1991 the commissioned artist has also created the Director's Christmas Card. This section of Tate´s website traces the history of the Christmas Tree and documents the associated objects, cards as well as the press and public reaction to the work.
Tate Britain has commissioned Sarah Lucas to create its Christmas tree for 2006, which will be on display from 8 December 2006.
The tree is decorated with sculptures that take the form of baby angels made from wire and stretched tights. This chorus of fairies refers to figures from the classics such as Cupid, Eros, and Venus, which descending from above are multiplied over the tree. Lucas questions the erotic overtones often associated with these mythical figures through her decorations' matter-of-fact material quality and their function as ornaments.

more here, previous trees here

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