Gretchen Bender Installation Acquired for Tate by Tate Americas Foundation

Gretchen Bender Installation Acquired for Tate by Tate Americas Foundation

23 February 2017

Total Recall 1987, an installation comprising twenty-four television monitors and three projections onto large screens lasting just over eighteen minutes, was just acquired for Tate. Gretchen Bender was a key member of the ‘Pictures’ generation of artists working in New York in the late 1970s and 1980s whose works addressed the functions of images in media. Her largest and most celebrated work was Total Recall, first staged at The Kitchen, New York in 1987. Since her death in 2004 this work, which us increasingly recognized as a masterpiece of 1980s video art, has been included in a number of exhibitions including at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and Tate Liverpool. The work was acquired with funds raised by our North American Acquisitions Committee.