Analysis Of Untitled : Dock, The Work Of The Museum 's Calendar

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untitled: dock, the latest work from British sculptor Phyllida Barlow, is also colossal and monumental in scale. The sculpture was commissioned by Tate Britain for its Duveen Gallery. The annual commission, sponsored by Sotheby’s, invites artists to make work in response to Tate’s collection of British art – bridging the gap between its historic and contemporary works. The commission is displayed every year from March to October. Tate Britain, part of England’s five gallery network of Tate spaces, has been on a mission to redefine itself since the creation of Tate Modern in 2000. At that time the majority of Tate Britain’s post-1900 collection of artworks were rehoused into Tate Modern. Tate Britain has gone through two major refurbishments since and relies heavily on events, like this commission, to maintain its resonance with modern audiences. Therefore, untitled: dock is monumentally important to the museum’s calendar. The Duveen Gallery opened in 1937 as a dedicated sculpture space at the heart of Tate’s riverside property. The gallery is a vaulted, 100 meter long, tubular space lined with marble. untitled: dock fills the Duveen space in its entirety. Barlow’s three-dimensional piece is comprised of seven interrelated and individually titled sculptures:
Each portion of the piece consists everyday materials including cardboard, fabric, timber, plaster and cement. The color scheme is consistent throughout all seven constructions. The sculptures are colorful and…

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