Tate Acquires Poppers Sculpture, Feminist Painting, and More at Frieze London

Tate, the powerhouse museum network based in London, has named the works it has acquired from the Frieze London art fair, which runs through this Sunday.

While the offerings at Frieze range from new pieces by younger artists to more expensive works by blue-chip ones with cemented careers, Tate’s acquisitions from the fair tend toward the cutting-edge and the lesser-known. The purchase of these nine works was made possible via a £150,000 fund facilitated by Endeavor, the Hollywood talent agency that owns Frieze.

Since Frieze London’s inception in 2003, Tate has purchased 160 works at the fair, including pieces by Jack Whitten, Leonor Antunes, Lorna Simpson, Johanna Unzueta, and Rene Matić.

“As Frieze Art Fair celebrates its 20th year, it is wonderful to look back at the many outstanding works Tate has acquired here since 2003,” Tate director Maria Balshaw said in a statement. “Those works have since been enjoyed by millions of visitors to Tate’s galleries, and they will be cared for and shared with the public for generations to come.”

She continued, “Thanks to Endeavor’s support, I am delighted that we can continue that tradition today by welcoming yet another brilliant selection of works into the collection.”

Three of the five artists whose work Tate purchased from the fair hail from Asia and Latin America; two of the five are dead artists whose art has gone under-recognized in mainstream institutions.

Below, a look at some of the works acquired by Tate at Frieze London 2023.