Martin Creed, ‘Work NO.200: Half the air in a given space’, 1998, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

This work is unique.

Overall dimensions variable: calculate the volume of a chosen space. Using air, blow up white, 12 in. balloons until they occupy half the volume of the space

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

From the Catalogue

“Mr. Creed has created a kind of anti-spectacle, a strange, discombobulated whole greater than the sum of its parts, in which the building is a co-star.” —Roberta Smith, "The Back Door", New York Times, 9 June 2016, p. C19

Courtesy of Sotheby's

Exh. Cat., Warsaw, Center for Contemporary Art Ujadowski Castle, Martin Creed: the whole world + the work = the whole world, 2004, pp. 8-9, illustrated

Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva
Pierre Huber, Geneva
Christie's, New York, Beyond: Selections from the Pierre Huber Collection, 26 February 2007, Lot 58 (consigned by the above)
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

About Martin Creed

Merging art and life, Martin Creed uses ordinary materials and everyday situations to create multimedia works that have confounded and delighted viewers and critics for nearly 30 years. He rejects the term “conceptual” and calls himself an “expressionist,” referring to his notion that all art stems from feeling. His works run the gamut from deadpan, minimalist interventions to rapidly rendered, expressionistic portraits. He approaches art making with humor, anxiety, and experimentation, and with the sensibility of a musician and composer, underpinning everything he does with his open ambiguity about what art is. In 2001, he was awarded the Turner Prize for Work No 227: The Lights Going On and Off, which was exactly what its title describes, in an empty gallery. As Creed maintains: “Anything is art that is used as art by people.”

English, b. 1968, Wakefield, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom