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Twenty Questions (A Sampler) 1986 is an important early work by Lorna Simpson, an American artist who emerged during the 1980s as part of a generation of artists who developed a post-conceptual practice which examined issues related to identity politics. During a career that has spanned more than 25 years, Simpson has exhibited widely and has become known in the USA and internationally as one of the foremost artists of her generation. Twenty Questions (A Sampler), a series of four framed gelatin silver prints on paper the subject of which is identical, was a rare opportunity to acquire a key early work by Simpson to accompany the two other works in the Tate’s collection. The work was acquired using funds raised by our North American Acquisitions Committee.
Sharon Hayes is an American artist whose work spans performance, sound installation, photography, and film. Her work deals with language and speech acts, with the histories and futures of resistance, the impact of war on everyday life and language, and with the ways queer desire and history can be articulated in the public and private realms.
Everything Else Has Failed! Don’t You Think It’s Time For Love? 2007 was a series of performances commissioned by Art in General in New York in 2007 and sited at the UBS headquarters in midtown on 6th Avenue and 51st Street. Hayes was not interested in exhibiting in the lobby space of the building (which is where she was supposed to make her work) but in making a project in the space just outside. Hayes consequently developed an installation – comprising five framed posters, a PA system, and five loudspeakers – based on the performances. The work was acquired using funds raised by our North American Acquisitions Committee.
An important, and recent painting, Riding the Cut Vein 2013, has been acquired for Tate following gifts from Anita and Poju Zabludowicz, Noam Gottesman, an anonymous donor, the North American Acquisitions Committee, the Tate Americas Foundation’s endowment and a group of supporters. The work joins two other Mark Bradford paintings in the Tate’s Collection also acquired with the support of the Tate Americas Foundation, Los Moscos (2004) and May Heaven Preserve You From Dangers and Assassins (2010).
Tate Americas Foundation recently acquired Alexandre da Cunha’s Full Catastrophe (Drum VIII) 2012 with funds-raised by our Latin American Acquisitions Committee. Da Cunha was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1969 but has lived and worked in London since 1998. Full Catastrophe (Drum VIII) 2012 is a sculpture made from a found object, the metal drum or barrel of a cement or concrete mixer. In his work, Da Cunha frequently uses mass-produced found objects from folk and street culture and transforms them into playful assemblages that expose their cheap materials and simple construction. Using mundane objects such as plastic bottles, mops, toilet plungers, sports equipments, linen and towels, Da Cunha seeks to establish a dialogue between so-called ‘high’ and ‘low’ cultures, thus querying the economic and cultural value of art objects. This sculpture also continues Da Cunha’s practice of transforming everyday objects into works that address the aesthetics of Modernism and of Latin American art across the centuries.
Tate Americas Foundation recently acquired Joaquin Torres-Garcia’s Arte Constructivo 1938, using funds raised by our Latin American Acquisitions Committee. Joaquin Torres-Garcia, was a major, foundational figure of Latin American modernism, was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1874, where he died in 1949, having also lived and worked in France, Spain and the United States. Torres-Garcia was not currently represented in the Tate collection until this acquisition, and Arte Constructivo 1938 (see image above) is a particularly important and relatively rare drawing, though small in scale, coming from a key moment in Torres-Garcia’s career.