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Preview: Martin Creed Retrospective at the Hayward

Tuesday 24 December 2013
Words Alice Bell

We have some exciting news for next year from our friends over at the Hayward Gallery; Turner-prize winning artist, Martin Creed will be having a retrospective of his work spanning the last 25 years.

Opening on 29th January, the exhibition will bring together the full range and scale of Creed’s work, from its most minimal moments – a spot of blu-tack – to extravagant room-sized installations, neons, sequential sculptures, kinetic installations, films, and vibrant paintings. Best known for his Turner-prize winning (and controversial) installation The Lights Going On and Off (2000), and also his UK wide piece All the Bells in a Country Rung as Quickly and Loudly as Possible for Three Minutes, which launched the London 2012 Festival.

Work No. 200, Half the Air in a Given Space, 1998.
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth © Martin Creed

Since the beginning of his career, when he started sequentially numbering his works, Creed has developed a minimalistic approach that strips away the unnecessary, but manages to preserve an abundance of wit, humour and surprise. Work No. 319 (2004), a room half-filled with balloons, is a joyous and chaotic social experience. In other works, a piano lid or door opens and shuts automatically; 39 metronomes simultaneously tick at different speeds; giant paintings fill entire walls; and everyday objects are collected into sequences and series.

Work No. 960, 2008.
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth © Martin Creed

For the first time in the UK, the exhibition will present some of Creed’s earliest works and also the pivotal Work No. 1000 (2009-10), a monumental colour series comprised of 1000 prints made with broccoli. The artist’s portrait paintings as well as a number of new sculptural commissions will be among his most recent works to be featured in the exhibition.

Main Image: Work No. 890, DON’T WORRY, 2008. Photo by Marcelo Abdo Centeio. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth © Martin Creed.