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TOP 5 RIDICULOUS CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

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 © David Batchelor c. Tate

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

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

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

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

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

Simon Starling, Five-Man Pedersen (Prototype No.1) 2003 c. Tate

Happy Holidays guys!

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WHO IS…DAMIEN HIRST?

Posted 13 January 2016 by Kat

Damien Hirst has said ‘art’s about life, and it can’t really be anything else’. What do you think? Do you agree? Let’s have a look into the world of Damien Hirst….

Have you seen this sculpture before? It is by Damien Hirst and it is called Mother and Child (Divided) and was first made in 1993.

Damien Hirst, Mother and Child (Divided) exhibition copy 2007 (original 1993) © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.

Damien Hirst, Mother and Child (Divided) exhibition copy 2007 (original 1993) © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.

For this artwork Damien Hirst cut dead cows in half and preserved them in the blue liquid, formaldehyde. Visitors to the gallery can walk round the animals and see something quite familiar in a new way. It’s kind of disgusting but very curious!

Damien says that he see beauty in science and likes it when things are repulsive and attractive at the same time. What can you think of that is both those things? Maybe think about your body and what’s inside it. It’s both beautiful and unique and weird all at the same time!

Hirst was part of a group of artists known as the YBAs (Young British Artists). Most of the YBAs had studied together at Goldsmiths College of art in London. In 1988 they put on a show called Freeze and invited lots of people to come and see it.

Damien likes putting animals in tanks. He even put this sheep in a tank.

Damien Hirst, Away from the Flock 1994, © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2016. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Damien Hirst, Away from the Flock, 1994, © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2016. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

Hirst thinks a lot about death, and a lot of his work is about death. He wonders what it would be like to be dead, and he wonders if there is a God and if there is, what kind of God it is.

He also thinks about all the things that keep us alive. Like medicine that stops us dying from terrible diseases. He wonders if maybe people believe in science and medicine more than they believe in art. ‘Pharmacy’, 1992 is an installation of lots and lots of medicines on shelves.

Damien Hirst, Pharmacy 1992, © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.

Damien Hirst, Pharmacy 1992, © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.

It looks a bit like a laboratory, or perhaps a hospital. It is very clean and white. He has arranged the medicines in the order of where they help the body. On the top shelf are drugs for the head, then in the middle are drugs for the stomach and the ones at the bottom are for the feet.

On the counter are four glass bottles filled with coloured liquids. They represent the four elements: earth, air, fire and water. In ancient times, people would use these elements to heal the sick. Hirst is reminding us how people used to treat the body before modern medicine.

Damien Hirst, Liberty 2002, © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.

Damien Hirst, Liberty, 2002, © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.

Damien Hirst also makes Spin paintings. To make them he stands on a ladder and pours paint onto large circular canvases as they are rotated at high speed by a spin machine in his studio. The circles spin around a central point, like a disc on a record player. Each work is kind of like an optical illusion experiment. Fancy having a go at making your own Spin painting? Check out our Spin game and let us know what you think of Damien’s work in the comments.

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A TATE KIDS DAMIEN HIRST PICTURE-POST ROUND-UP!

Posted 25 August 2012 by SJ

Hi All – enjoying the summer hols?

So, remember when Charlotte wrote us a guest blog talking about the time she made a spin painting with Damien Hirst?

Well I’ve managed to get hold of a couple of pics of her spin-painted skull. LOOK!

 

 

Also – well done to Charlotte for noticing the Damien Hirst-designed flag in the closing ceremony.

YOU HAVE THE EYES OF AN EAGLE, CHARLOTTE.

In other Hirst-related news, our friend Paige Dansinger has been using Draw Something to play with art. Check this out on Instagram and look below.

You can see more of Paige’s work on her blog. It’s super impressive!

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