Tate’s Outset/Frieze Art Fair Fund picks bring new artists to the gallery

The supercharged shopping trip was worth £125,000 this year


In what has now become a happy Frieze tradition, the Outset/Frieze Art Fair Fund gives two prominent international curators and a crack team from the Tate a budget of around £125,000 to acquire works for the Tate collection. This year’s overseas duo were Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum Harlem, and Sabine Breitwieser, an independent curator and general secretary of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art. They were joined by Tate’s Jessica Morgan, Frances Morris and Anne Gallagher.

Their high-speed shopping spree took in 26-year-old English artist Tris Vonna-Michell’s archival array of a reel-to-reel tape, a porcelain model and a box of prints at Cabinet (D14); 50 found photographs and 50 ink drawings by Lorna Simpson at Salon 94 (B13), and a quietly poetic arrangement of paperclips by 85-year-old Czech artist Bela Kolarova at Krobath Wimmer (H5). All these artists are entering the Tate Collection for the first time, as is Birmingham-based Hurvin Anderson who has made a large painting of a barber shop, presented by Thomas Dane (F11). The other two choices, who already have work in the Tate’s collection, are Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari at Sfeir-Semler (G24) and Andrea Fraser at Christian Nagel (E3).

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as 'Tate’s pick of the day'