Martin Creed: Works

Martin Creed was born in Wakefield and brought up in Glasgow. He studied  at the Slade  from 1986 to 1990.

Since 1987, Creed has numbered each of his works, and most of his titles relate in a very direct way to the piece’s substance. Work No. 79, some Blu-tack kneaded, rolled into a ball and depressed against a wall (1993), for example, is just what it sounds like, as is Work No. 88, a sheet of A4 paper crumpled into a ball (1994). One of Creed’s best known works is Work No. 200, half the air in a given space (1998), which is a room with enough inflated balloons in it for them to contain half the air in it.


Creed is perhaps best known for his submission for the 2001 Turner Prize  Work No. 227, the lights going on and off, which won that year’s prize. The artwork presented was an empty room in which the lights periodically switched on and off. As so often with the Turner Prize, this created a great deal of press attention, most of it questioning whether something as minimal as this could be considered art at all.

ed work, with pieces using doorbells. In 2000 he published a recording of his songs with the arts publisher Art Metropole in Toronto.

Some of Creed’s works use neon signs. In these cases, the title of the work indicates what the sign says. These pieces include Work No. 220, Don’t Worry (2000) and Work No. 232, the whole world + the work = the whole world (2000), which was mounted on Tate Britain

22 September 2010
Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed discusses his work and
signs copies of his new book.

Duration 22 September 2010 - 22 September 2010
Times 6:45 pm
Cost £12 / £11 Concessions / £10 ICA Members.
Venue ICA
Address The Mall London SW1Y 5AH, ,
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