in Frieze | 03 JAN 17

Frieze Tate Fund 2016

Ann Gallagher explains the significance of the works acquired for Tate at Frieze London, with the support of WME | IMG

in Frieze | 03 JAN 17
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As Gallagher notes, all three artists - Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, Leonor Antunes and Phillip Lai - are new to the Tate collection.

Below, get to know their work further with our guide, and follow the links to read more in the frieze magazine archive.

Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin, from the series 'H-Fact: Hospitality/Hostility', 2003–7

Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin

Born: 1957, Ankara
Died: Istanbul 2007
Acquired from: Rampa, Istanbul
Key quote: 'The sense that another place can be gestured to or assembled from the odds and ends of cross-cultural detritus is the fragile hope that brightens Alptekin’s deeply depressive work: as he once told Vasif Kortun, his abiding themes were borders and boredom.' - Sam Thorne
Read more: ‘Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin at SALT Beyoglu’, frieze 141, 2011

Leonor Antunes, Assembled, moved, re-arranged and scrapped continuously I, 2013, wood, bamboo, rope and nylon, 83 x 290 cm

Leonor Antunes

Born: 1972, Lisbon
Lives: Berlin
Acquired from: Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo
Key quote: ‘I do not think in terms of creating something new, but rather use the past as a source for linking things together. Most of all I am interested in the idea of sculpture per se, which still operates as a very specific medium. The space it generates, between the viewer and the object, and vice versa – but then this is just a beginning …’ - Leonor Antunes
Read more: ‘Sculptors Discuss Sculpture', frieze 147, 2012

Phillip Lai, Untitled, 2016, polyurethane resin, concrete, PVC foam, plywood and aluminium, 101 x 60 x 68 cm

Phillip Lai

Born: 1969, Malaysia
Lives: London
Acquired from: Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London
Key quote: 'The tired materials of Lai’s installation seem constantly to be in the process of collapse or disintegration, with no faith in their own ability to stand up for themselves, yet the works stack up a series of binary forces like a spine: import/export, freedom/confinement, comfort/claustrophobia, resistance/consent' - Jonathan Griffin
Read more: ‘Phillip Lai at Stuart Shave/Modern Art’, frieze 106, 2007