Tate Drops $240,000 on Four Acquisitions at Frieze London

This morning Tate announced it had acquired four new works for its permanent collection in the early hours of this week’s Frieze London art fair with a £150,000 ($240,000) purse provided by the Outset/Frieze Art Fair Fund, the largest budget the museum has ever brought to the fair in the fund’s 10 year history.

The works include paintings by the late Japanese artist Hideko Fukushima (“Ko 8,” 1963) from Tokyo-based Taka Ishii Gallery and Jack Whitten (“Epsilon Group II,” 1977) from Antwerp’s Zeno X Gallery. The museum also snapped up an oil and graphite work by Caragh Thuring (“Arthur Kennedy,” 2012) from Thomas Dane Gallery of London, and the large sculptural installation “Balindile I” (2012) by Nicholas Hlobo from South Africa’s Stevenson gallery.

With the addition of these four pieces, Tate has acquired a total of 86 works by 57 artists through the Fund over the last decade. This year’s selections were chosen by guest selectors Mami Kataoka, the chief curator of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, and LACMA chief contemporary art curator Franklin Sirmans, along with Tate staffers Ann Gallagher, Frances Morris, Tanya Barson, and Clarrie Wallis.

“In its tenth year, Frieze continues to be a fair in which we can all make discoveries of emerging and re-emerging artists,” Tate director Nicholas Serota said in a press release announcing the acquisitions. “This year, the purchases range from rediscoveries such as Fukushima and Whitten, to an artist showing in the first gallery from Africa to be present at the Fair and a younger British painter.”

— Benjamin Sutton