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Tate acquires new works at Frieze thanks to fund supported by Endeavor
Edgar Calel, The Echo of an Ancient Form of Knowledge (Ru k’ ox k’ob’el jun ojer etemab’el), 2021. the artist. Photo: Tate / Seraphina Neville.



LONDON.- This is the sixth year that Endeavor has made available 150,000 for the Fund, set aside exclusively for the acquisition of works at Frieze for Tate’s collection. To date more than 150 works by over 90 artists have been acquired, contributing to displays and exhibitions across Tate’s four galleries. Recently acquired works by Larry Achiampong, Helen Cammock and Claudette Johnson can currently be seen in Tate Britain’s newly rehung contemporary art displays, which opened this week.

For the first time, this year’s Frieze Tate Fund selection panel includes an artist, Grada Kilomba, whose own work was acquired through the fund in 2020. She joins guest curator Hammad Nasar, alongside Tate’s Polly Staple (Director of Collection, British Art), Gregor Muir (Director of Collection, International Art), Clarrie Wallis (Senior Curator of Contemporary British Art), Catherine Wood (Senior Curator, International Art, Performance), Tamsin Hong (Assistant Curator, International Art, Performance) and Nathan Ladd (Assistant Curator, Contemporary British Art).

Maria Balshaw, Director, Tate said: “The Frieze Tate Fund enables us to strengthen the national collection each year with some of the very best contemporary art, and this year is no exception. I am very grateful to Endeavor and to Frieze for their ongoing support, and to all the outstanding artists whose works have been selected.”

Ari Emanuel, CEO, Endeavor said: “We are proud to once again support the Tate’s acquisition of these extraordinary works for their collection, ensuring access to the most exciting contemporary art for all.”

The following works have been brought into the Tate collection thanks to the Frieze Tate Fund 2021 supported by Endeavor:

• Edgar Calel (b. 1987), The Echo of an Ancient Form of Knowledge 2021
(Ru k’ ox k’ob’el jun ojer etemab’el) Natural stones and fruit. Dimensions variable

• Some Two or Three Offerings for Our Ancestors 29 2021 (Jun Kio Oxi qi Munib al ri qatit qa Mama). Pencil and crayon on paper, 240 x 330 mm

Both acquired from Proyectos Ultravioleta

*Tate has agreed with the artist, Edgar Calel, to become the custodian of Ru k’ ox k’ob’el jun ojer etemab’el, (The Echo of an Ancient Form of Knowledge), 2021. Through entering into this alternative to a conventional acquisition, the museum welcomes an opportunity to listen to and learn from the knowledge that the work (and, more broadly, Maya Kaqchikel cosmology) holds.

• Rene Matić (b. 1997), Group of fifteen photographs from the series flags for countries that don’t exist but bodies that do 2018-2021. Inkjet prints. Dimensions variable. Each from an edition of 3 + II AP. Acquired from Arcadia Missa

• Mike Silva (b. 1970), Jason (Curtain) 2021. Oil on linen, 1676 x 1118 mm. Acquired from The Approach

• Sung Tieu (b. 1987), The Earth And The Sky 2021​. Bed and pillow sheets VEB Vowetex, duvet, pillow, metal wire with framed Work Contract, stamps on digital print, 340 x 670 x 500 mm. Work Contract, in 3 parts, each: 32.1 x 23.4 cm

• Filling Gaps 2021​. Tampons from VEB Vliestextilien Lnitztal, polished stainless-steel tube with framed Work Contract, stamp on digital print, framed​, 25 x 1200 x 25 mm. Work Contract, in 3 parts, each: 32.1 x 23.4 cm

Both acquired from Emalin

• Obiora Udechukwu (b. 1946), The moon Has Ascended between us 1976. Oil on board, 1220 x 615 mm

• Gidan Tailor (Tailor’s House) 1976. Ink and wash on paper, 380 x 280 mm

• Preacher 1976. Ink and wash on paper, 385 x 280 mm

• The Newcomer 1983. Ink on paper 406 x 305 mm

All acquired from K










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