The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art has announce the acquisition of works by five artists from the landmark exhibition GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, which will draw to a close on 25 January 2015.
The GENERATION programme has been showcasing some of the best artists to have emerged from Scotland over the last 25 years and the new additions are expected to hugely popular.
The five new works are by Claire Barclay, Henry Coombes, Alex Dordoy, Torsten Lauschmann and David Shrigley.
Claire Barclay’s major installation Trappings (2014) will be the first substantial work by the Glasgow-based artist to enter the SNGMA collection, and will be one of the most important and significant works by Barclay to be held in a public collection in the UK.
Alex Dordoy’s installation Sleepwalker (2014) will be the first major work by the artist in the collection. Henry Coombes’s film The Bedfords (2009) and Torsten Lauschmann’s Growing Zeros (Digital Clock) (2010) are the first works by these artists in the SNGMA collection.
Two print portfolios by David Shrigley, which were shown in the UK for the first time in GENERATION, will be the first woodcuts by the artist to be acquired by a UK public collection.
Simon Groom, director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, said: “We are delighted that we have been able to acquire some of the great works that were highlights of GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland.
“This was the largest exhibition that NGS has ever staged, and has been enormously popular with audiences across the whole of Scotland.
“To secure works of this quality for the national collection is of huge importance in terms of the legacy of GENERATION, and in the ambition to continue to capture the imagination and interest of as wide a public as possible, and to inspire generations to come.
“We are extremely grateful to those partners who have helped us in our commitment to developing a world-class collection of contemporary Scottish art.”