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Art Diary

Cornelia Parker

13 May 2022

The survey of Cornelia Parker’s work at the Tate Britain (19 May–16 October) celebrates the artist’s wide-ranging practice with more than 90 artworks on display, including drawings and photographs as well as her sculptural installations. Notable pieces from 1980s and ’90s include Thirty Pieces of Silver (1988–89), comprised of more than a thousand flattened, suspended silver objects, and Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View (1991) which sees fragments of a garden shed, blown up by the British Army at Parker’s request, suspended as if mid-explosion. Recent works by the artist will also go on display, including Magna Carta (An Embroidery) (2015), a 13-metre hand-sewn work depicting the Wikipedia page of the famous tapestry created in collaboration with more than 250 volunteers including public figures, musicians and politicians, and two new works which haven’t yet been shown to the public. Find out more from from the Tate’s website.

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War Room (2015), Cornelia Parker. Photo: the Whitworth, The University of Manchester; photo: Michael Pollard

Thirty Pieces of Silver (detail; 1988–89), Cornelia Parker. Tate; © Cornelia Parker


Perpetual Canon (2004) Cornelia Parker. Contemporary Art Fundación “La Caixa”, Barcelona; © Cornelia Parker

Portrait of Cornelia Parker (2013), Anne-Katrin Purkiss. © Anne-Katrin Purkiss/DACS/Artimage 2022

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