Tuesday 20 December 2011

Advent Calender - Day 20

We have entered the 20's so I thought we needed an extra special christmas post today! Enjoy!

For today I have chosen the Tate Britain Christmas Tree series, specifically last years offering by Giorgio Sadotti. Every year since 1988 Tate Britain have comissioned a Christmas Tree by a different contemporary artist to sit in the Rotunda. As you can imagine there are a huge range of examples, all with a different take on this traditional icon of christmas. The list of artist is impressive including well known names such as Tracey Emin and Cornelia Parker.

Here are just a couple, I wanted to include all of them but had to restrain myself!

Here again is last years christmas tree by Giorgio Sadotti. The 9 m Norweigen Spruce was left unadorned by the expected tinsel and baubles.

Julian Opie's take on the Christmas Tree brief in 1996, instead of including a real tree he chose to construct a mini-forest.

Catherine Yass chose to suspend her christmas tree between these two neon bars, giving it a very eerie effect

Here is a Video about Tacita Dean's Christmas Tree for the Rotunda in 2009.

For a list of more examples and to pick your favourites check out: http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/exhibitions/christmastree/previous.htm

Let me know which ones you like best!

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