Posted 5 December 2016 by Kat
We all get those terrible Christmas presents. From that itchy sick-green scarf knitted by your Gran to that 500-paged book on fishing that you are never going to read. Just me then…?
Well, how about ridiculous presents? Fancy having the artworks below wrapped up under the tree, waiting for you on Christmas morning?
1. David Batchelor, I Love King’s Cross and King’s Cross Loves Me
6 coloured rectangles on wheels. What more could you ask for? They would make excellent sledges! The artist David Batchelor loves colour and explores it in lots of different ways. Have you thought about colour? Really thought about colour? Batchelor thinks about colour in the city. Next time you are on a walk, have a look around you. What colours can you see? Are there any rectangles of colours?
David Batchelor, I Love King’s Cross and King’s Cross Loves Me, 8 2002–7 c. Tate © David Batchelor
2. Lynda Benglis, Quartered Meteor
Ew! That isn’t very pretty! I wonder how this could even be wrapped up?
The artist Lynda Benglis, made this slippy looking sculpture out of lead and steel! I wonder what it feels like. Benglis makes this look soft and sloppy while actually being really hard. Clever!
Lynda Benglis, Quartered Meteor 1969, cast 1975 c. Tate
3. Ai Weiwei, Sunflower Seeds
What are you going to do with all those seeds? Plant them? Well actually that wouldn’t be that useful as these ‘seeds’ are actually made out of porcelain! Each ‘seed’ was individually made by hand! That’s a lot of work!
Ai Weiwei, Sunflower Seeds 2010 c. Tate
4. Damien Hirst, Mother and Child (Divided)
Yes, they are real cows! Hope you like it! I think it would look great in your bathroom! Damian Hirst thinks a lot about death and religious imagery. What do you think these cows are about?
Damien Hirst, Mother and Child (Divided), exhibition copy 2007 (original 1993) c. Tate
5. Do Ho Suh Staircase-III
Yes, that’s a red staircase hanging in your living room. Wow!
This staircase is a copy of Do Ho Suh’s staircase in his flat. Does it look the same as the stairs in your house or at school?
Do Ho Suh’s art shows us different types of spaces. What happens on stairs? You’re either going up or down them. Where are you going? What if you stopped half way down the stairs? Where would you be?
Do Ho Suh Staircase-III 2010 c. Tate
All these art works would make great gifts even if they would be a little silly to wrap up!
What’s the silliest present you have received?
Is there anything in the Tate collection that you would love to find under your tree?
What ridiculous Christmas present would you love to give? Let me know in the comments below!
I wouldn’t mind one of these for me and my friends…! 😉
Simon Starling, Five-Man Pedersen (Prototype No.1) 2003 c. Tate
Happy Holidays guys!
Tags: Christmas, Damien Hirst
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