TATE BUYS TRUSTEE CHRIS OFILI'S THE UPPER ROOM FOR £705,000
This site first drew attention to the fact that Chris Ofili, whose work The Upper Room was a major purchase
by the Tate trustees, is himself one of those trustees, who had earlier asked other artists to donate work.
Pages on this site about the Chris Ofili Upper Room Tate trustee scandal
Intro • Censure • Press • Jon Snow censored • Trustee minutes: Jan + May 2003 - Jul 2003 - Nov 2003 - Jan 2005 • Trustees • Letters - Dossier to Charity Commission and DCMS - to Chris Ofili - to Paul Myners - to Tate Legal • Questions • Background • Poem
FAILING IN MY HEAD |
In November 2004 Sir Nicholas Serota, the Director of the Tate Gallery, signed an application for a grant from the Art Fund (NACF) charity towards the purchase of Tate trustee Chris Ofili's work The Upper Room, and stated that the Tate had not made a commitment to buy this work (a requirement of applying for the grant). In fact eight months previously the Tate had paid the Victoria Miro Gallery an initial instalment of £250,000 towards it. Serota has blamed his action on a "failing in his head" (story by Chris Hastings in The Sunday Telegraph (18.12.05).
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meant to say, "two hundred and fifty
I set up secret trustee deals
shocked the press believe and print
When people hint that I've somehow
I haven't lied, I haven't missed
If anything seems wrong in what
My conscience doesn't trouble me
The DCMS* will certainly
The Charity Commission will
rumours of incompetence
*DCMS= Department of Culture, Media and Sport
don't think that you understand.
I've shown the world a dead shark and
art is tins of shit, or lumps
Computer games or videos
To some it's DIY to turn a
I read what critics say, but don't
The press have stabbed me many times
I've faith I haven't got it wrong
I've ruled the Tate for eighteen years
I wield the power of the state.