Tate turns to Scottish artists for 'interesting and daring' creations

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Scottish artists dominated a body of 13 works acquired yesterday for the Tate Collection from a dedicated £150,000 fund for the most "interesting and daring" contemporary pieces by new artists at the Frieze Art Fair.

Scottish artists dominated a body of 13 works acquired yesterday for the Tate Collection from a dedicated £150,000 fund for the most "interesting and daring" contemporary pieces by new artists at the Frieze Art Fair.

The curator's choices, made from 150 international gallery stands at Britain's largest commercial art fair at Regent's Park, differed from the Tate's acquisitions last year at the inaugural event, which featured no British works at all.

Three works by Scott Myles, an artist from Dundee, were picked and also selected was a giant teapot surrounded by numerous teacups created by the English artists Jeremy Deller, who has been shortlisted for the Turner Prize, and Alan Kane, as well as an unnamed sculpture of a gate by the Glaswegian artist Martin Boyce.

The selection was made by Richard Flood, chief curator of the Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, and Kasper König, director of the Ludwig Museum, Cologne. They selected works under guidelines provided by Jan Debbaut, the director of the Tate Collection.

Emma Dexter, a curator for Tate Galleries, said the artworks, which ranged in price from £3,000 to £23,000, illustrated the strength of British-born artists at the fair.

"We have acquired a particularly strong group of works by Scottish artists, especially from galleries in Glasgow, which has been producing strong artists for some time," she said.

The works will remain on display at the fair, which ends on Monday,

In 2003, Frieze and Tate Modern collaborated to establish the first acquisitions fund connected to an art fair. A group of London collectors contributed £100,000, and this year the fund was increased to £150,000.

The works will remain on display at the fair, which ends on Monday.

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