Party Of The Week: Cool Pimm's, Cold Corners at the Tate
Friday 03 July 2009
The Tate Britain Summer Party on Monday night was crammed with artists. Grayson Perry wore a typically gaudy multicoloured summer dress and was joined by Sirs Peter Blake and Howard Hodgkin, and Richard Long. They wandered among the aluminium beams of Eva Rothschild's new Duveens Commission Cold Corners – a huge, angular structure that stretches the full length of the gallery and which is fondly referred to as the "scribble in space".
Everybody congratulated Rothschild on her work which had been unveiled earlier that morning. The annual party was also a chance to glimpse the recently-opened "Classified: Contemporary Art at Tate Britain", which includes new acquisitions by Damien Hirst and Jake and Dinos Chapman.
Other guests included the pop star Alison Goldfrapp (looking uncharacteristically dressed-down) and the actor Bill Nighy who spilled outside to drink Pimm's and eat strawberries and cream on the front lawn, where they bumped into the BBC's Alan Yentob and the new culture Secretary, Ben Bradshaw. Otherwise, it was a case of spot the artist.
Also in attendance were one of this year's Turner Prize nominees Roger Hiorns, Mark Titchner and Martin Creed, who won the Turner Prize in 2001. Newer talents on show included Charles Avery, whose work was featured in this year's Tate Triennial, Hurvin Anderson, who had an Art Now show at Tate Britain earlier this year and Bob and Roberta Smith – in real life a single person and the artist behind last year's Tate Britain Christmas Tree.
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