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Fourth Plinth
dal 7/1/2008 al 29/3/2008
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Fourth Plinth

The National Gallery, London

6 artists have been commissioned to produce a maquette of their proposed work. This exhibition displays models of six pieces by top artists competing for a place on the plinth, giving the public the opportunity to comment. On show: Jeremy Deller, Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Yinka Shonibare, Bob & Roberta Smith.

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The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square was built in 1851 but remained empty until 1998 when a rolling programme of commissions began to fill it with artwork. This exhibition displays models of six pieces by top artists competing for a place on the plinth, giving the public the opportunity to comment.

* Jeremy Deller
* Tracey Emin
* Antony Gormley
* Anish Kapoor
* Yinka Shonibare
* Bob & Roberta Smith

The selected piece will replace Thomas Schütte’s ‘Model for a Hotel’, which was unveiled in November 2007. So far, five pieces have been added to the plinth, including Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger’s ‘Ecce Homo’ and Marc Quinn’s ‘Alison Lapper Pregnant’. The shortlist this time includes six well-known artists, all of whom live and work in London.

The Artists

Jeremy Deller (born London 1966)
Won the Turner Prize in 2004 for 'Memory Bucket' a documentary about the home town of US President George W Bush. He is also well known for the 'Battle of Orgreave', which recreated a dramatic incident from the 1984 Miners' Strike.

Tracey Emin RA (born London 1963)
Celebrated for her work on disclosure, which draws on events from her life, Tracey Emin paints, draws, sculpts and also creates videos, installations and needlework. Emin was made a Royal Academician in 2007 and represented Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale.

Antony Gormley (born London 1950)
Has undertaken numerous public sculpture commissions, which explore the body in space. Gormley's work includes the landmark sculpture 'The Angel of the North'. His work was shown in a major London exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in 2007.

Anish Kapoor CBE (born Bombay 1954)
Since rising to prominence in the 1980s, Anish Kapoor has exhibited in major gallery spaces across the world. He won the Premio Duemila Prize representing Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1990. In 2002 he created the installation 'Marsyas' for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern.

Yinka Shonibare MBE (born London 1962)
Explores issues of race and class through painting, sculpture, photography and film. His signature material is the bright fabric he buys at Brixton market. In 2007 Yinka Shonibare took part in the 'Scratch the Surface' exhibition at the National Gallery with his piece 'Colonel Tarleton and Mrs Oswald Shooting'.

Bob & Roberta Smith (born London 1963)
Invite us to question high art, often with comic effect, using signs which can be absurd, faux-political or revolutionary in spirit. Bob & Roberta Smith have held a number of solo shows, including 'The Beautiful Poetry of Bob & Roberta Smith' at the Hales Gallery, London (2005/6) and 'Help Build the Ruins of Democracy' and at the Baltic (2005).
The Exhibition

You can share your comments by visiting the exhibition in the Annenberg Court at the Gallery from 8 January. You will also be able to post your views on a dedicated website:

Find out more on the Fourth Plinth website

The Fourth Plinth Programme is led by the Mayor of London’s Office. The scheme to select works was first run in 1998 by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Image: © Angela Moore

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